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Collaborative Partnerships and Crime in Disorganized Communities


Cheon Geun Choi received his doctoral degree from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. His research interests include social capital, public safety, and public management.

Sang Ok Choi (corresponding author) is associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at Korea University. His current research focuses on the study of interorganizational relationships and collaborative partnership. His work has appeared in the Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, State and Local Government Review, Administration & Society, International Journal of Public Sector Management, International Journal of Emergency Management, and Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


Collaborative partnerships can be an effective strategy for crime prevention, especially in disorganized communities. Using ordinary least squares regression with 414 American cities, this article finds that police departments with many collaborative partnerships are able to promote informal social control within their communities and capitalize on the resources available to them with the help of other groups. This contention is supported by the effects of collaborative partnerships on crime rates in disorganized communities in comparison to well-organized communities. Thus, collaborative partnerships of public organizations with other groups may insulate disorganized communities from the effects of community disorganization on levels of crime.