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Wilson, James Q.

Works: 314 works in 1,260 publications in 7 languages and 40,669 library holdings
Genres: Textbooks  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Commentator, Other, Author of introduction, Compiler, Redactor
Classifications: HT175.U6, 364.2
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American government : institutions and policies by James Q Wilson( Book )

209 editions published between 1980 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic text ... explores the foundations of our national political system and shows how the fundamental features of our government influence the lives of all Americans. [It] focuses on three fundamental topics: the institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in America and to what ends.-Back cover
Thinking about crime by James Q Wilson( Book )

40 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As crime rates inexorably rose during the tumultuous years of the 1970s, disputes over how to handle the violence sweeping the nation quickly escalated. James Q. Wilson redefined the public debate by offering a brilliant and provocative new argument?that criminal activity is largely rational and shaped by the rewards and penalties it offers?and forever changed the way Americans think about crime. Now with a new foreword by the prominent scholar and best-selling author Charles Murray, this revised edition of Thinking About Crime introduces a new generation of readers to the theories
Crime and human nature by James Q Wilson( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and held by 2,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Assembling the latest evidence from the fields of sociology, criminology, economics, medicine, biology, and psychology and exploring the effects of such factors as gender, age, race, and family, two eminent social scientists frame a groundbreaking theory of criminal behavior
The moral sense by James Q Wilson( Book )

27 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the classic and controversial argument that morality is based in human nature.--From publisher description
Bureaucracy : what government agencies do and why they do it by James Q Wilson( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bureaucracy is the classic study of the way American government agencies work and how they can be made to work better. Examining a wide range of bureaucracies, including the Army, the FBI, the FCC, and the Social Security Administration, James Q. Wilson provides the first comprehensive, in-depth analysis of what government agencies do, why they function as they do, and how they might become more responsible and effective. With a new introduction by the author
City politics by Edward C Banfield( Book )

42 editions published between 1963 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime systematically grapples with the most persistent and controversial questions in the study of crime and violence: Why do some people become chronic, ungovernable criminals? Can gun control laws reduce violent crime? Does televised violence cause real violence? Do community alternatives to prison make matters better or worse? All the central issues in today's crime debate are covered in this book, including the effects of biomedical, family, neighborhood, and economic factors on criminality; how prosecutors and judges deal with offenders; the special problem of juvenile crime and gangs; the growth in prison populations and its effects - and much more. Many of the policies now being implemented do not reflect the current state of knowledge about what works and what doesn't in crime control. Crime explores reality-based alternatives that have the potential to restore the confidence in public safety that is essential to a strong civil society
The ethics of human cloning by Leon Kass( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 1,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this engaging book, Leon R. Kass, the noted teacher, scientist, and humanist, and James Q. Wilson, the preeminent political scientist to whom four U.S. presidents have turned for advice on crime, drug abuse, education, and other crises in American life, explore the ethics of human cloning, reproductive technology, and the teleology of human sexuality. Although in their lively dialogue both authors share a fundamental distrust of the notion of human cloning, they base their reticence on different views of the role of sexual reproduction and the role of the family. Professor Kass contends that in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction technologies that place the origin of human life in human hands have eroded the respect for the mystery of sexuality and human renewal. Professor Wilson, on the other hand, asserts that whether a human life is created naturally or artificially is immaterial as long as the child is raised by loving parents in a two-parent family and is not harmed by the means of its conception. This accessible volume promises to inform the public policy debate over the permissible conduct of genetic research and the permissible uses of its discoveries
Varieties of police behavior; the management of law and order in eight communities by James Q Wilson( Book )

42 editions published between 1968 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Urban renewal; the record and the controversy by James Q Wilson( Book )

42 editions published between 1965 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime and public policy by James Q Wilson( Book )

26 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime in the United States has fluctuated considerably over the past thirty years, as have the policy approaches to deal with it. During this time, criminologists and other scholars have helped to shed light on the roles of incarceration, prevention, drugs, guns, policing, and numerous other aspects to crime control. Yet the latest research is rarely heard in public discussions and is often missing from the desks of policymakers. This book summarizes the latest scientific information on the causes of crime and the evidence about what does and does not work to control it. As with previous editions, each essay reviews the existing literature, discusses the methodological rigor of the studies, identifies what policies and programs the studies suggest, and then points to policies now implemented that fail to reflect the evidence. The chapters cover the principle institutions of the criminal justice system (juvenile justice, police, prisons, probation and parole, sentencing), how broader aspects of social life inhibit or encourage crime (biology, schools, families, communities), and topics currently generating a great deal of attention (criminal activities of gangs, sex offenders, prisoner reentry, changing crime rates)
The Metropolitan enigma; inquiries into the nature and dimensions of America's urban crisis by James Q Wilson( Book )

43 editions published between 1967 and 1976 in 3 languages and held by 1,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Negro politics; the search for leadership by James Q Wilson( Book )

28 editions published between 1960 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political organizations by James Q Wilson( Book )

26 editions published between 1973 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The marriage problem : how our culture has weakened families by James Q Wilson( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marriage, the emotional core and social foundation of our culture, is under attack. Profound changes in our values have eroded family life to a degree that degrades the very integrity of our society. This devastation takes many forms, says the renowned scholar, James Q. Wilson: the proliferation of cohabitation instead of formal marriage, the steep increase in single and teenage parents, and the rising divorce rate. Behind these diverse forces, Wilson draws on meticulous research to identify two underlying causes of this destruction: the rise of individualism and the consequences of slavery. Unafraid to contradict conventional wisdom, Wilson provides ample evidence that marriage benefits all parties, husbands, wives and, especially, children. An important and persuasive book, The Marriage Problem is a clarion call to rebuild the family, and society, by having a solid marital structure at its core
The Politics of regulation by James Q Wilson( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 1980 in English and held by 1,166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moral judgment : does the abuse excuse threaten our legal system? by James Q Wilson( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With each passing day, the courts move closer to an atmosphere of moral paralysis, further impairing not only our capacity to deal with criminals, but also to make ethically sound judgments
The amateur Democrat; club politics in three cities by James Q Wilson( Book )

21 editions published between 1962 and 1974 in English and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American politics, then & now and other essays by James Q Wilson( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of fifteen of Wilson's most insightful essays, drawing on thirty years of his observations on religion, crime, the media, terrorism and extremism, and the old-fashioned notion of "character."
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Bureaucracy : what government agencies do and why they do it
Alternative Names

James Q. Wilson American political scientist

James Q. Wilson Amerikaans politicoloog (1931-2012)

James Q. Wilson amerikanischer Politikwissenschaftler

Q. Wilson, James

Quinn Wilson, James

Quinn Wilson, James 1931-2012

Uilson, Dzheĭms

Uilson, Dzheǐms 1931-2012

Wilson, J. Q.

Wilson, James Q.

Wilson, James Quinn 1931-2012

Уилсон, Джеймс 1931-

ウィルソン, ジェイムズ・Q

ウィルソン, ジェームズ・Q

Thinking about crimeCrime and human natureThe moral senseBureaucracy : what government agencies do and why they do itCrimeThe ethics of human cloningVarieties of police behavior; the management of law and order in eight communitiesCrime and public policy