Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

The Best Way to Rob a Bank


Cohen and Machalek’s (1988) evolutionary ecological theory of crime explains why obscure forms of predation can be the most lucrative. Sutherland explained that it is better to rob a bank at the point of a pen than of a gun. The US Savings and Loans scandal of the 1980s suggested ‘the best way to rob a bank is to own one’. Lure constituted by the anomie of warfare and transition to capitalism in former Yugoslavia revealed that the best way to rob a bank is to control the regulatory system: that is, to control a central bank. This makes possible theft of all the people’s money in a society. The criminological imagination must attune to anomie created by capitalism, and to the evolutionary ecology of lure.

Pages:123 to 138
Section: Articles


Total Abstract Views: 654  Total PDF Downloads: 1015

Author Biographies

Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
Croatia Croatia

Assistant Professor, Chair for Criminal Law, University of Zagreb

Australian National University, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
Australia Australia
Distinguished Professor Chief Investigator of 'Peacebuilding Compared' Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Centre for Restorative Justice (CRJ), Centre for Tax System Integrity (CTSI), Crime, Policing, Security and Justice Group, RegHealth
Open Access Journal
ISSN 2202-8005