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Cambridge Studies in Criminology : Corporate Crime, Law, and Social Control - Sally S. Simpson

Cambridge Studies in Criminology

Corporate Crime, Law, and Social Control


Published: 19th August 2002
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Why do corporations obey the law? When companies violate the law, what kinds of interventions are most apt to correct their behavior and return them to compliant status? In this book Sally Simpson examines whether the shift towards the use of criminal law, with its emphasis on punishment and stigmatization, is an effective strategy for controlling illegal corporate behavior. She concludes that strict criminalization models will not yield sufficiently high levels of compliance. Empirical data suggest that in most cases cooperative models work best with most corporate offenders. Because some corporate managers, however, respond primarily to instrumental concerns, Simpson argues that compliance should also be buttressed by punitive strategies. Her review and application of the relevant empirical literature on corporate crime and compliance combined with her judicious examination of theory and approaches, make a valuable new contribution to the literature on white-collar crime and deterrence and criminal behavior more generally.

"...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

Prefacep. ix
Criminalizing the Corporate Control Processp. 1
Definitionsp. 6
Criminalization of Corporate Crime in the Post-Watergate Erap. 10
The Facts of Criminalizationp. 16
Conclusionsp. 20
Deterrence in Reviewp. 22
Rationality and Crimep. 22
Empirical Support for Deterrencep. 26
Conclusionsp. 42
Assessing the Failure of Corporate Deterrence and Criminal Justicep. 45
Criminal Law and the Corporationp. 45
Criminal Law and Corporate Managersp. 56
Conclusionsp. 60
Corporate Deterrence and Civil Justicep. 61
Civil Law and Corporate Offendingp. 61
Can Civil Law Deter Corporate Crime?p. 73
Conclusionsp. 78
Corporate Deterrence and Regulatory Justicep. 79
Business Regulation in the United Statesp. 80
The Deterrent Capacity of Administrative Lawp. 84
Punishment or Persuasionp. 94
Conclusionsp. 97
Cooperative Models of Corporate Compliance: Alternatives to Criminalizationp. 98
Enforced Self-Regulationp. 100
Informal Social Controlp. 106
Enforcement Pyramidp. 112
Tit-for-Tat Regulatory Philosophyp. 112
Conclusionsp. 115
Criminalization versus Cooperation: An Empirical Testp. 116
Study Onep. 117
Study Twop. 139
Conclusionsp. 151
Shaping the Contours of Controlp. 153
The Failure of "Strict" Deterrencep. 153
Policy Challengesp. 155
Future Directions for Compliance Researchp. 160
Study One: Questionnaire Items and Responsesp. 163
Study One: Sample Characteristicsp. 169
Study Two: Questionnaire Items and Responsesp. 170
Study Two: Sample Characteristicsp. 173
Name Indexp. 174
Subject Indexp. 176
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ISBN: 9780521589338
ISBN-10: 0521589339
Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 19th August 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.3