International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime

  • Henry N. Pontell
  • Gilbert Geis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction: Theoretical Issues in Organizational and Corporate Lawbreaking

  3. White-Collar Criminogenesis: Structure, Motivation, and Rationalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Neal Shover
      Pages 81-97
    3. James Gobert, Maurice Punch
      Pages 98-122
  4. Critical and Postmodern Approaches to Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Frank Pearce
      Pages 148-162
    3. David O. Friedrichs
      Pages 163-184
  5. Corporate Crime and State-Corporate Crime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Amitai Etzioni, Derek Mitchell
      Pages 187-199
    3. Raymond J. Michalowski, Ronald C. Kramer
      Pages 200-219
  6. Legal Perspectives: Theory, Irresponsibility, and Liability

  7. Forms of White-Collar Crime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307

About this book


The International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Edited by Henry N. Pontell, University of California, Irvine

Gilbert Geis, University of California, Irvine

Insider trading. Savings and loan scandals. Enron.

Corporate crimes were once thought of as victimless offenses, but now—with billions of dollars and an increasingly global economy at stake—this is understood to be far from the truth.

The International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime explores the complex interplay of factors involved when corporate cultures normalize lawbreaking, and when organizational behavior is pushed to unethical (and sometimes inhumane) limits. Featuring original contributions from a panel of experts representing North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia, this timely volume presents multidisciplinary views on recent corporate wrongdoing affecting economic and social conditions worldwide.

  • Criminal liability and intent
  • Stock market and financial crime
  • Bribery and extortion
  • Computer and identity fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Crime in the professions
  • Industrial pollution
  • Political corruption
  • War crimes and genocide

Contributors offer case studies, historical and sociopolitical analyses, theoretical and legal perspectives, and comparative studies, featuring examples as varied as NASA, Parmalat, the Italian government, and Watergate. Criminal justice responses to these phenomena, the role of the media in exposing or minimizing them, prevention, regulation, and self- policing strategies, and larger global issues emerging from economic crime are also featured.

Richly diverse in its coverage, The International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime is stimulating reading for students, academics, and professionals in a wide range of fields, from criminology and criminal justice to business and economics, psychology to social policy to ethics. This powerful information is certain to change many of our deeply held views on criminal behavior.


Corporate Crime Crime Crime Prevention Criminal Behavior Criminal Justice Criminology Nation White-Collar Crime computer crime economic crime environment glassey mass media

Editors and affiliations

  • Henry N. Pontell
    • 1
  • Gilbert Geis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminology, Law and Society School of Social EcologyUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-34110-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-34111-8
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