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Crime, Compliance and Control

1st Edition

By Doreen McBarnet


336 pages

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Hardback: 9780754623496
pub: 2004-08-17
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Law is a double-edged sword. It is not just an instrument for implementing social policy, social control, and social rights, but an instrument, in the hands of those with the motivation, power and economic resources to wield it, for undermining them. This topical volume presents seminal socio-legal essays encompassing a diverse range of issues, including criminal justice, tax avoidance and corporate finance, to fully explore the topics of crime, compliance and control.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. Part I: Opening Perspectives: False dichotomies in criminal justice research. Part II: Taking Law Seriously in Socio-Legal Research: Explaining Conviction: Pre-trial procedures and the construction of conviction; Convincing the court: the structure of legal proof; Arrest: the legal context of policing; A right to silence?. Part III: Legal Form, Legal Ideology, Legal Actors: Magistrates' courts and the ideology of justice; Criminal justice and the ideology of the rule of law; Law and capital: the role of legal form and legal actors. Part IV: Law, Class and Labelling: It's not what you do but the way that you do it: tax evasion, tax avoidance and the boundaries of deviance; Whiter than white collar crime: tax, fraud insurance and the management of stigma. Part V: From Regulator to Regulated: Creative Compliance: Law, policy and legal avoidance: can law effectively implement egalitarian policies?; International corporate finance and the challenge of creative compliance (with C. Whelan); Transnational transactions: legal work, cross-border commerce and global regulation; Looking for loopholes. Part VI: Law, Power and Control: Creative compliance and the defeat of legal control: the magic of the orphan subsidiary (with C. Whelan); The elusive spirit of the law: formalism and the struggle for legal control; When compliance is not the solution but the problem: from changes in law to changes in attitude. Appendix: further publications; Index.

About the Author

Dr Doreen McBarnet is a Professorial Fellow in Socio-Legal Studies in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, UK.

About the Series

Collected Essays in Law

Collected Essays in Law
Each volume in this Collected Essays series brings together a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. The articles are drawn from a wide range of journals, conference proceedings and books. The collections make readily available the authors' own selections of their most important writings on specific themes, together with an introduction which outlines the context of the work and comments on its significance and potential. The collected essays complement each other to give a retrospective view of the author's achievements and a developmental picture of a subject area. Some volumes include critiques of the author's work which have called for a response and other contain previously unpublished essays on the selected subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General