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Shady Business: Confronting Corporate Corruption

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I Ross
Date Published
185 pages
This book analyzes the causes of corporate crime, the reasons it prospers in certain areas of the economy, the motives of corporate criminals, the rationales offered in its defense, the techniques used to detect it, and what steps can be taken by the public authorities and concerned corporations to prevent it.
The book deals at length with six major areas of corporate crime, including kickbacks and bribery, insider trading and associated securities violations, criminal antitrust activity, tax evasion, fraud in general, and fraud in defense procurement. The author concludes that corporate crime might paradoxically be characterized as both aberrant and normal. While it is by definition deviant behavior, corporate crime is sometimes a natural reaction to the conflicts and pressures that often afflict business. While, unlike in previous eras, corporate crime is technically opposed by extensive legal powers, that authority must be effectively exerted in order to prevent a dangerous epidemic of recidivism. Chapter references


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