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Organized Environmental Crime

An Analysis of Corporate Noncompliance with the Law

By (author) Brian Wolf
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Jan 2009
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 13mm
Weight: 431g
ISBN-10: 0773448241
ISBN-13: 9780773448247
Barcode No: 9780773448247
Crimes that harm the environment are frequently presented as random or accidental behaviors. This study, however, examines the cultural and organizational factors that make the routine operations of business susceptible to environmental law-breaking. While the problem of corporate and white-collar crime is often portrayed simply as an issue of money and finances, environmental crimes have lasting physical and often violent consequences. Crimes that harm the environment are frequently presented as random or accidental behaviors. Are corporate violations of the law random or accidental occurrences, or are there patterns to illegal behavior? To answer this central question, this work argues that three divergent literatures can be integrated and tested in a unified conceptual schema; that environmental corporate crimes are a function of what previous researchers have termed motive, opportunity and choice.

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"... adeptly integrates basic propositions from power structure theory in political sociology to theories of corporate crime, significantly advancing the literature both theoretically and empirically.... Courageous policymakers and activists have a new cutting edge piece of social science to brave their work in advancing environmental justice by challenging the cultural institutions and choices that favor environmental law-breaking." - Prof. Michael C. Dreiling University of Oregon"