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NCJ Number: 65761 Find in a Library
Title: CORPORATE CRIME - A CROSS-NATIONAL ANALYSIS (FROM WHITE-COLLAR CRIME - THEORY AND RESEARCH, 1980, BY GILBERT GEIS AND EZRA STOTLAND - SEE NCJ-65757)
Author(s): C E REASONS; C H GOFF
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE USEFULNESS OF A CONFLICT INTERPRETATION OF THE EMERGENCE AND ADMINISTRATION OF MAJOR LAWS TO FOSTER ECONOMIC COMPETITION IN CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM IS ASSESSED.
Abstract: THE CONFLICT PERSPECTIVE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF CRIMINAL LAW VIEWS THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AS AN EFFORT BY THE POWERFUL TO MAINTAIN AND EXPAND THEIR ECONOMIC AND CONTROLLING INTERESTS. LEGISLATION CONTROLLING CORPORATIONS PROVIDES AN APPARENT CONTRADICTION TO THIS THEORY. HOWEVER, AN ANALYSIS OF THE EMERGENCE OF SUCH LAWS IN CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM REVEALS THAT THE PASSAGE OF SUCH LAWS WAS A MEANS OF REDUCING GROWING MANIFESTATIONS OF DISSATISFACTION AND CONFLICT EXISTING IN AND FOMENTED BY THE MASSES ALIENATED FROM ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL POWER. THE ENACTED LAWS SUPPOSEDLY INTENDED TO PROTECT THE DYNAMICS OF COMPETITION AND STIMULATE ECONOMIC DISTRIBUTION AMONG THE CITIZENRY HAVE PROVEN TO BE INEFFECTIVE DUE TO LIMITED ENFORCEMENT AND PETTY SANCTIONS THAT DO NOT COUNTER THE ADVANTAGES OF LAW VIOLATIONS. COMPETITION LEGISLATION THUS GIVES THE APPEARANCE OF UNDERMINING THE EXPANSION AND DOMINATION OF LARGE CORPORATIONS IN A SOCIETY, WHILE, IN FACT, BUSINESS CONTINUES AS USUAL. THE CONFLICT THEORY OF LAWMAKING CAN BE PROVEN LIMITED IN ITS PERSPECTIVE ONLY IF STATES SHOW A COMMITMENT TO COUNTERING THE FUNDAMENTAL CRIMINOGENIC ASPECTS OF CORPORATE BUSINESS. THIS WILL REQUIRE NEW METHODS OF RESEARCHING AND CONTROLLING SUCH BEHAVIOR. NOTES AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Antitrust offenses; Australia; Canada; Conflict theory; Corporate criminal liability; Legislation; United Kingdom (UK); United States of America; White collar crime
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