Today's White Collar Crime

Legal, Investigative, and Theoretical Perspectives

By Hank J. Brightman

© 2009 – Routledge

426 pages

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pub: 2009-02-23
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About the Book

Written as a text for undergraduate courses, this book appeals to instructors interested in teaching the field of white-collar crime, both from a matter-of-fact investigative perspective as well as a decidedly academic endeavor. Accordingly, it goes beyond discussing the basic theories and typologies of commonly-encountered offenses such as fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and currency counterfeiting, to include the legalistic aspects of white-collar crime. It also explores the investigative tools and analytical techniques needed if students wish to pursue careers in this field. Because of the inextricable links between abuse-of-trust crimes such as misuse of government office, nepotism, and bribery and the realm of corporate corruption, these issues are also included.

The text also maintains a connection between white-collar crime and acts of international terrorism; as well as the more controversial aspects of possible abuses of power within the public arena posed by the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and the asset forfeiture process.

Adapted readings at the end of each chapter provide readable cases of white collar crime in action to illustrate the principles / theories presented. Activities, Exercises, and Photographs are also included in each of the 10 chapters and a Companion Web Site provides additional test items and other instructor support material.

Table of Contents

1. Today’s White Collar Crime 2. Information Technology and White Collar Crime 3. The Corporate State Corruption Connection – Can It Be Stopped? 4. The Origins of Public Corruption Control in the United States: 1883-1969 5. The "Modern Era" of Public Corruption Control: The 1970s Through Today 6. White Collar Crime Theory: Origins and Early Developments 7. Organizational and Societal Crime Theories 8. White Collar Crime: A Legalistic Perspective 9. White Collar Crime Analysis and Trends 10. Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of White Collar Crime

About the Author

Hank J. Brightman is Associate Research Professor in the War Gaming Department of the United States Naval War College. He served as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Peter’s College from 2000-2008. He also spent 15 years in a variety of law enforcement, investigative, and intelligence analysis positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the United States Secret Service and the United States Navy.

About the Series

Criminology and Justice Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Intellectual Property / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime