Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Jerry L. Simich

Number of Pages



In order to succeed every city must offer its residents the opportunity and a prosperous quality of life. Local governments are charged with creating an environment which allows its citizens to find and exploit these opportunities. However, often local governments pursue their objective without planning for the future. As a result, the economic initiatives pursued by local governments may cause a period of unrestrained growth, which can lead to unforeseen consequences, such as pollution, traffic, and crime. A person's quality of life will diminish if he or she does not feel safe; This thesis will focus on the affects growth has on one particular quality of life: safety from crime. Economic development theories relating to the growth of cities will be analyzed first. Second, the relation between city growth and crime will be analyzed. Next, a brief history of Southern Nevada will be required in order to fully understand the recent growth of the Las Vegas Valley. The causes of this growth will then be analyzed as well as its effects on the criminal justice system of Southern Nevada. Finally, current theories regarding growth management will be discussed and applied to Southern Nevada.


Criminal; Effect; Growth; Justice Nevada; Recent; System; Valley; Vegas; Las Vegas

Controlled Subject

Political science; Criminology

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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