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Corporate Crime: Contemporary Debates

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F Pearce, L Snider
Date Published
439 pages
These 19 papers focus on the types, causes, extent, and control of corporate crimes, based on the perspectives of scholars in the fields of law, business, economics, political science, and sociology in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.
The first papers examine the context within which corporate crime is committed. They consider the decline of the nation-state in an era characterized by global tracing blocks, transnational corporations, and the internationalization of capital; the potential of national policies to challenge and control corporate crime; the principle of corporate criminal liability; precedents and judicial decisions that make up current law on pharmaceuticals; and law from the perspective of major feminist goals. Papers on corporate form and organization argue that corporate criminal liability is a futile concept, analyze managers' perceptions of morality in their day-to-day corporate responsibilities, and examine new corporate forms that involve decentralization. Papers on financial crimes analyze serious fraud cases in the United Kingdom, the savings and loan cases in the United States, and competition law in Canada. Further papers address dilemmas of occupational safety and health, focusing on the history of regulation in Ontario, Canada; Federal law in the United States; and the views of managers and workers in unionized workplaces in Ontario. The final papers focus on environmental law and policy, and focus on policy alternatives to the use of criminal law, attempts by the Federal agencies in the United States to force industrial corporations to clean up hazardous waste sites, regulatory offenses in Canada, and efforts in Nova Scotia to challenge two major multinational corporations. Figures, tables, chapter notes, author and subject indexes, and approximately 800 references