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The Routledge Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime in Europe

ISBN 9780415722148
Published April 14, 2015 by Routledge
580 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The study of white-collar crime remains a central concern for criminologists around the world and research concentrates on its nature, prevalence, causes and responses. However, most books on white-collar crime tend to focus on Anglo-American examples, which is surprising given the amount of rich data and research taking place in mainland Europe. This new handbook seeks to reset the balance and, for the first time, presents an overview of state-of-the-art research on white-collar crime in Europe.

Adding to the existing Anglo-American body of knowledge, the Handbook will discuss specific European topics and typical European features of white-collar crime. The Routledge Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime in Europe consists of more than thirty chapters on topics ranging from the Icelandic Banking Crisis, to the origins of the study of white collar crime, to contemporary topics, such as white-collar crime in countries post-transition from communist regimes; the illegal e-waste trade and white-collar crime in professional football. Furthermore, the book contains extensive case study analyses of landmark European cases of white-collar crime.

The editors have gathered together the leading voices in the field and a final section offers commentaries on white-collar crime in Europe from eminent criminologists David Friedrichs and Hazel Croall. This Handbook will thus serve as a work of reference for all scholars and students engaged in the study of corporate and white-collar crime and will also set out directions for new research in the future.



Judith van Erp is Professor of Public Institutions at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her research addresses corporate compliance and corporate crime. She has published on various public and private modes of regulation and governance of corporate behavior and their intersection, and in particular, on the role of the media and ‘naming and shaming’ in governing corporate crime. Together with Gudrun Vande Walle and Wim Huisman, she founded and co-chairs the European Working Group on Organizational Crime, a subdivision of the European Society of Criminology. She also co-chairs the Collaborative Research Network on Regulatory Governance of the Law and Society Association.

Wim Huisman specializes in prevalence and causes of corporate and white-collar crime. Recently, he published on corporate crime and economic crisis, corporate involvement in gross human rights violations, environmental crime, food fraud and corporate crime theory. He teaches a course on White-collar Crime in the master’s programme in Criminology at VU School of Criminology and is the co-chair of the European Society of Criminology’s Working Group on Organizational Crime, as well as editor of the Netherlands Journal of Criminology.

Gudrun Vande Walle has worked on integrity and anti-corruption policy and on victimization and conflict resolution in relation to corporate crime. She recently exchanged academic research for the practice of investigation and prosecution of Economic and Financial crime for the Belgian public prosecutor. Gudrun teaches a course on Governance and Ethics in the Master Public Administration and Public Management at Ghent University and is member of the research unit "Government and Law" at University of Antwerp. She is co-chair of the European Society of Criminology’s Working Group on Organizational Crime.


‘This superb handbook brings together leading European scholars of white-collar and corporate crime. In light of the increasing globalization of manufacturing, markets, finance, and governance, its expansive coverage of landmark cases throughout Europe and European responses to them could not have appeared at a more opportune time. The editors and contributors are to be commended for enlarging our vision of white-collar and corporate crime as a problem of worldwide significance.’ - Michael L. Benson, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, USA

‘The concept of white-collar crime originated in the United States, and much of the subsequent research in the field has been conducted in English-speaking nations. So it is indeed exciting to see this welcome collection of European scholarship. With its rich case studies, and its interpretive essays on generic crime types, this book is indispensable reading for scholars of white-collar and corporate crime across the globe.’ - Peter Grabosky, Professor Emeritus, RegNet, Australian National University, Australia

‘This well-crafted volume breaks new intellectual ground with its European-focused scholarship on white-collar and corporate crime. An excellent resource to stimulate new thinking and research topics for a new generation of scholars.’ - Sally Simpson, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director, Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime, University of Maryland, USA

‘This book is a stellar contribution to the evolving global understanding of white-collar and corporate crime. As the editors note in the introduction, the field has been dominated by American, Australian and British scholars for an array of reasons and with resulting limited applications and relevance to different economies and political systems. The Handbook of W