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Corporate criminal careers: thinking about organizational offending over time

Corporate criminal careers: thinking about organizational offending over time

Hunter, Benjamin W. (2021) Corporate criminal careers: thinking about organizational offending over time. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, 13 (1). pp. 29-45. ISSN 2166-8094

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This article argues for the necessity of considering corporate crime through a criminal career framework. It begins by highlighting that the problems of corporate crime work to date. These relate to whether analysis should be focused on individuals or organizations, and the implication inherent to many explanations for corporate crime that different aspects of corporate offending share a single cause. This has led to seemingly contradictory conclusions about corporate crime being drawn, hampering attempts to develop explanations for its occurrence. A response to these issues involves a stronger focus on corporate offenders as recidivists and, consequently, a study of their offending over time. It is suggested that the criminal career approach is the best way to achieve this, as it allows for a conceptual sensitivity towards understanding corporate crime, pointing at how different elements of the corporate criminal career can be studied in isolation and focusing on offending over time. This is a necessary starting point for developing theories of corporate criminality. The article concludes by suggesting some ways a corporate criminal career approach might be developed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Deposited by author, BWH, on June 24 2021 and updated by MP on July 2/2021.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporate crime, criminal careers, onset, desistance, offending frequency
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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Last Modified: 12 May 2022 14:01

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