Situational Action Theory's principle of the conditional relevance of controls implies that controls only influence behavior when moral barriers have been overcome. The failure of the moral filter to exclude crime from the range of the perceived behavioral options can root both in low personal norm acceptance and in exposure to a crime-affirmative moral context. In detail it is assumed that deterrence only becomes relevant when personal morality is weak, and that self-control only becomes significant when the social setting provides deviant rules of behavior. Both hypotheses are tested with survey data from Ljubljana (Slovenia). The results are in line with the theoretical expectations, thus providing firm support for core assumptions of Situational Action Theory.
|Translated title of the contribution||Situational Action Theory's principle of the conditional relevance of controls: Results from Slovenia|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2015|