The Corporate Criminal: Why Corporations Must Be Abolished

1st Edition

Steve Tombs, David Whyte

Routledge
Published April 7, 2015
Textbook - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780415556378 - CAT# Y104259
Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

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Summary

Drawing upon a wide range of sources of empirical evidence, historical analysis and theoretical argument, this book shows beyond any doubt that the private, profit-making, corporation is a habitual and routine offender.  The book dissects the myth that the corporation can be a rational, responsible, 'citizen'.  It shows how in its present form, the corporation is permitted, licensed and encouraged to systematically kill, maim and steal for profit.   Corporations are constructed through law and politics in ways that impel them to cause harm to people and the environment.  In other words, criminality is part of the DNA of the modern corporation.  Therefore, the authors argue, the corporation cannot be easily reformed.  The only feasible solution to this 'crime' problem is to abolish the legal and political privileges that enable the corporation to act with impunity.

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