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White Collar Crime: Regulation of Crime

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 11 November 2009

2/3 In a series of special programmes in association with the Open University, Laurie Taylor explores the subject of white collar crime, from its late addition to the statute books to the increasing difficulty in securing a conviction. He speaks to the key academic experts in the field, explores the latest sociological research and hears from professionals on both sides of the law about the culture, the practice and most often the non-prosecution of white collar crime.

In this edition, Laurie explores the culture of corporate crime and how regulatory bodies serve to keep the police at arm's length. In the UK, people are twice as likely to suffer a serious injury at work than to be a victim of violent crime, yet only a fraction of safety crimes are actually prosecuted.

Globally, more people are killed at work each year than are killed in war. Why has corporate crime had a low priority, why has it been so hard to prosecute corporations and will the new crimes of corporate manslaughter and corporate murder make firms more responsible for the crimes they commit?

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  • Hazel Croall

    Hazel Croall, Professor of Criminology at Glasgow Caledonian

    Understanding White Collar Crime
    Publisher: Open University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition
    ISBN-10: 0335204279
    ISBN-13: 978-0335204274

    Find out more about Hazel Croall
  • Gary Slapper

    Gary Slapper, Professor of Law at the Open University

    Blood in the Bank: Social and Legal Aspects of Death at Work
    by Gary Slapper (Author), Noam Chomsky (Introduction)
    Publisher: Ashgate
    ISBN-10: 1840140798
    ISBN-13: 978-1840140798

    Corporate Crime
    Publisher: Longman
    ISBN-10: 0582299802
    ISBN-13: 978-0582299801

    Find out more about Gary Slapper
  • Steve Tombs

    Steve Tombs, Professor of Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University

    Corporate Crime
    by Gary Slapper and Steve Tombs
    Publisher: Longman
    ISBN-10: 0582299802
    ISBN-13: 978-0582299801

    Safety Crime
    by Steve Tombs (Author), Dave Whyte (Author), Hazel Croall (Editor)
    Publisher: Willan Publishing
    ISBN-10: 1843920859
    ISBN-13: 978-1843920854

    Find out more about Steve Tombs
  • David Whyte

    David Whyte, Reader in Sociology
    School of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Liverpool,

    Crimes of the Powerful: A Reader
    Publisher: Open University Press
    ISBN-10: 0335223907
    ISBN-13: 978-0335223909

    Safety Crimes
    by Steve Tombs (Author), Dave Whyte (Author), Hazel Croall (Editor)
    Publisher: Willan Publishing
    ISBN-10: 1843920859
    ISBN-13: 978-1843920854

    Find out more about David Whyte
  • Geoffrey Podger

    Geoffrey Podger, Health and Safety Chief Executive, of the HSE

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  • Gary Fooks

    Dr Gary Fooks, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow in Tobacco Control, University of Bath

    Corporate Crime
    Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
    ISBN-10: 1412934028
    ISBN-13: 978-1412934022

    Find out more about Gary Fooks
  • Margaret Cole

    Margaret Cole, Director of Enforcement of the Financial Services Authority (FSA)

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  • Robert Wardle

    Robert Wardle, Former Director of the Serious Fraud Office of England and Wales

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