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NCJ Number: 152259 Find in a Library
Title: Beyond the Limits of the Law: Corporate Crime and Law and Order
Author(s): J L McMullan
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 181
Sponsoring Agency: Fernwood Publishing
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5S3, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 1-895686-03-2
Sale Source: Fernwood Publishing
Box 9409, Station A
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5S3,
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This book analyzes the nature, consequences, motives, and criminal justice responses to corporate crime.
Abstract: Examples are presented to illustrate that corporate crime is "organizational crime," and understanding it requires identifying the factors that produce and reproduce it. Examples presented include the Ford Pinto car, the asbestos industry, the Ocean Ranger, the Challenger space shuttle, Love Canal, the destruction of Native communities, the Dalkon Shield, and tax and pension frauds. Factors that fuel corporate crime are the workings of the economy, the corporate bureaucracy, the law, and the state. One chapter defines the terms of reference of the book and illustrates the scope and impact of corporate crime, including the amount of violence, the harms and injuries, and the economic and social costs. The author develops a typology of corporate crime. Another chapter considers facets of corporate crime, including the dynamic of capital accumulation and the corporate organizational context. Significant factors are the role of profits; product goals; gender and corporate rules; and structures and beliefs in creating corporate theft, harm, and homicide. Another chapter considers what can counter corporate crime and the role of the law and the state in remedying the potential for corporate abuse and crime. Some remedies are suggested, and the importance of a social movement against corporate crime is emphasized. 300 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Corporate crimes; Corporate criminal liability; White collar crime
Note: Volume I of the Crimes of Capital Series
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