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    Rational choice theory was first proposed during the Enlightenment era by the Italian social philosopher Cesare Beccaria who posited that individuals were rational beings, endowed with free will, and who consciously decide to engage in certain behaviors and not in others (Humphrey & Schmalleger, 2012). In his book On Crime and Punishment, Beccaria furthers his hypothesis by developing the hedonistic principle in which he proposes that individuals seek to maximize their pleasure and minimize…

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    this application of the theory is that Joan has created an elaborate fraud that carried on for 18 months. Kahnerman, in his research found that those with an addiction problem such as gambling do not possess the ability to properly predict future gains from their current actions (Krstic, 2014). This would mean that she committed her actions because of her addiction and her inability to weight future consequences, and thus reducing her rationality and free will. The theory would then be able to…

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    Criminologists have multiple crime theories at their disposals derived from different perspectives, yet many criminal theories if not all lack the ability to thoroughly explain why criminals commit crime, nor their criminal behaviour. This is because there are plenty of factors out there that could influence an individual's behaviour. It would be impossible to develop a single theory that could properly explain criminal behaviour, not to mention the uniqueness of each individual so to combat…

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    important factor in the choice to cheat (Novotney,…

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    make up a good theory. These elements include parsimony, scope, logical consistency, testability, empirical validity, and policy implications. Parsimony is when a particular phenomenon is explained in a simple way. There is a problem with explaining criminal behavior in a simple way and that is that criminal behavior is complex. Even though criminal behavior is complex criminologists still attempted to explain it simply. An example of this would be rational choice theory. This theory explains…

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    The juvenile justice system has evolved slowly, but the system has deep roots in theories about justice, delinquency, crime and punishment. There is not a single theory sufficient enough to explain why delinquency exists. There are many strengths and weaknesses that will be discussed involving the criminal behavior theories. The classical theory also called classical view of criminality states that individuals are free willed and choose to commit crime or engage in delinquency. Humans are free…

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    1.8.2 Rational Choice Theory This theory will be important in explaining the behaviour and thinking of terrorists, terrorist groups and even government leadership as they attempt to tackle terrorist threats. The Rational Choice Theory is a theory based on the notion that man is a reasoning being who weighs the costs and benefits of choices and therefore makes decisions based on rational calculations (Business Dictionary, 2013). Terrorists, despite being considered by many to be inhumane and…

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    studies the reasoning and factors as to why individuals engage in criminal activities. In classical criminology, social philosophers Cesare Beccaria and Jeremy Bentham developed a theory of crime that criminologist and theorist still use today (Akers 2017). In classical criminology, an individual commits a crime by making a rational decision. That decision is based off of whether the benefits that one might receive by offending outweighs the consequences such as being caught and cited or…

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    of the Rational Choice Theory When analyzing the rational choice theory, I remain committed to the opinion that crime is committed out of personal gain. There is this theory that tells us that people are able to make clear and concise decisions, knowing full well what those decisions are. This theory is known as the rational choice theory. Not only does the rational choice theory tell us people make the decision to do what they want to do when committing crimes, they are “rational” in…

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    In “Rational Choice Theory and Interest in the “Fortune of Others” ”, Ray Paternoster, Chae Mamayek Jaynes, and Theodore Wilson test the relationship between an individual’s regard for others and their willingness to drink and drive, and if this regard affects the effect that threats of punishment have on an individual’s willingness to drink and drive. Rational choice theory has had many reiterations over the years with the most recent being based on self-regarding preference assumption…

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