It's Legal but It Ain't Right: Harmful Social Consequences of Legal Industries

It's Legal but It Ain't Right: Harmful Social Consequences of Legal Industries

by Nikos Passas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472068695

ISBN-13: 9780472068692

Pub. Date: 01/04/2005

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Many U.S. corporations and the goods they produce negatively impact our society without breaking any laws. We are all too familiar with the tobacco industry's effect on public health and health care costs for smokers and nonsmokers, as well as the role of profit in the pharmaceutical industry's research priorities. It's Legal but It Ain't Right tackles

Overview


Many U.S. corporations and the goods they produce negatively impact our society without breaking any laws. We are all too familiar with the tobacco industry's effect on public health and health care costs for smokers and nonsmokers, as well as the role of profit in the pharmaceutical industry's research priorities. It's Legal but It Ain't Right tackles these issues, plus the ethical ambiguities of legalized gambling, the firearms trade, the fast food industry, the pesticide industry, private security companies, and more. Aiming to identify industries and goods that undermine our societal values and to hold them accountable for their actions, this collection makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion of ethics in our time.

This accessible exploration of corporate legitimacy and crime will be important reading for advocates, journalists, students, and anyone interested in the dichotomy between law and legitimacy.

Nikos Passas is Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University.

Neva Goodwin is Co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472068692
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
01/04/2005
Series:
Evolving Values for a Capitalist World
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents 1 Introduction: A Crime by Any Other Name Nikos Passas and Neva Goodwin....................1
2 The Cigarette Industry Richard A. Daynard....................28
3 Externalities of the Arms Trade Loretta Bondi....................43
4 Firearms: Another Peculiar American Institution Tom Diaz....................74
5 Leashing the "Dogs of War" Herbert Howe....................101
6 The Costs of Legalized Gambling: An Economic Approach John Warren Kindt....................115
7 The Licit and Illicit Trade in Antiquities Patty Gerstenblith....................138
8 The High Price of Cheap Food Mark Ritchie....................178
9 Accountability in the Pesticide Industry Peter Riggs and Megan Waples....................194
10 Titans of the Enron Economy: The Ten Habits of Highly Defective Corporations Scott Klinger and Holly Sklar....................230
11 Profiting through Influence: The Pharmaceutical and Lobbying Industries Ken Silverstein and Jess Taylor....................253
List of Contributors....................277

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