Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)


The aim of the first chapter is to introduce the reader to the main scope of the book; namely, a critical understanding of the reasons why occupational health and safety (OHS) crimes are under-criminalised in both Britain and Italy. The book uses Pearce (1976) Crimes of the Powerful as a theoretical framework to make sense of the under-criminalisation of these crimes. The chapter explains the rationale for comparing these two jurisdictions. It explores how basic political and legal principles, such as the separation of powers doctrine, due-process, crime-control, adversarial and inquisitorial criminal justice system traditions, might affect the everyday practices of occupational health and safety enforcement institutions and officers and cause the under-criminalisation of OHS crimes.


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  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK

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