Convenient Deviant Behavior

  • Petter GottschalkEmail author


Neutralization explains why many white-collar offenders think it is quite okay what they will do, what they are doing, and what they have done. They deny responsibility, damage, and victim. They condemn their critics, and they claim loyalty to overriding considerations. White-collar offenders reduce and eliminate their feeling of guilt by claiming that everyone else does it, that it is a mistake that the act is criminalized, and that they made a trade-off where the offense turned out to be the best alternative.


Personality disorder Self-control Slippery slope Neutralization technique 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership and Organizational BehaviourBI Norwegian Business SchoolOsloNorway

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