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Corporate Crime, Law, and Social Control

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Overview

Why do corporations comply with the law? When companies violate the law, what kinds of interventions are most apt to return them to compliant status? The purpose of this book is to examine whether a shift toward the use of criminal law with its emphasis on punishment and stigmatization will be a successful crime control strategy. The author reviews whether current legal systems based in criminal, civil, and regulatory law "deter" corporate crime. She concludes that strict criminalization models that rely on punishments will not yield sufficiently high levels of compliance.

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"...this provocative book will stimulate readers to think about a wide range of issues in addition to the important question of deterrence that lies at its core." The Law and Politics Book Review
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Simpson (criminology and criminal justice, University of Maryland) analyzes the emerging trend toward the criminalization of corporate misbehavior. She explains the theory underlying criminalization, and identifies its flaws. She then argues that, based on empirical evidence, cooperative models are more likely to gain corporate compliance, though these may need to be augmented with punitive strategies. Appendices include questionnaire items, responses, and sample characteristics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521580830
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Criminalizing the corporate control process; 2. Deterrence in review; 3. Assessing the failure of corporate deterrence; 4. Corporate deterrence and civil justice; 5. Deterrence and regulatory justice; 6. Alternatives to criminalization: cooperative models of corporate compliance; 7. Why comply? Criminalization versus cooperation: an empirical test; 8. Shaping the contours of control.

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