Law as Last Resort: Prosecution Decision-Making in a Regulating Agency

Law as Last Resort: Prosecution Decision-Making in a Regulating Agency

by Keith Hawkins
     
 

In almost all legal disputing, formalities are employed as a last resort. This book presents a new theory of decision-making, exploring the conditions under which prosecution is employed to handle occupational health and safety problems. It is a valuable resource for students and scholars of law, regulation, socio-legal studies, criminal justice, sociology, and

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In almost all legal disputing, formalities are employed as a last resort. This book presents a new theory of decision-making, exploring the conditions under which prosecution is employed to handle occupational health and safety problems. It is a valuable resource for students and scholars of law, regulation, socio-legal studies, criminal justice, sociology, and political science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199243891
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2003
Series:
Oxford Socio-Legal Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

I. Formalities
1. Themes, Perspectives, Questions
2. Organizing Ideas: Surround, Field, Frame
3. Formal Structure and Practice
4. Pre-Trial Prosecution Processes
II. Surround
5. Environments
III. Field
6. Prosecution Policy
7. Images and Symbols
8. Prosecution as Organizational Behaviour
IV. Frame
9. Enforcers' Theories of Compliance and Punishment
10. The Social Construction of Blame
11. The Instrumental Frame: Will Prosecution be Effective?
12. The Legal Frame: Can a Case be Made?
V. Conclusion
13. Reflections
Appendix
Research Methods and Data Sources
Index

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