Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 435–450

On liberty and crime: Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill


DOI: 10.1007/s10611-008-9164-y

Cite this article as:
Ruggiero, V. Crime Law Soc Change (2009) 51: 435. doi:10.1007/s10611-008-9164-y


The author considers some of the works produced by Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill, who from different perspectives discuss notions such as transgression, deviance and crime. It is argued that the analysis of power crime may immensely benefit from an excavation into economics, for its concern about the creation and acquisition of wealth, the legitimacy of certain conducts as opposed to others, and ultimately the circumstances in which competition and enterprise may cause human and social harm.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Middlesex UniversityHendonUK