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Political culture and corporate homicide liability in the UK and Europe

Almond, P. (2015) Political culture and corporate homicide liability in the UK and Europe. In: van Erp, J., Huisman, W. and Vande Walle, G. (eds.) The Routledge handbook on white-collar and corporate crime in Europe. Routledge, London, pp. 363-378. ISBN 9780415722148

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Abstract/Summary

This chapter outlines recent developments in the emergence within Europe of systems of criminal law designed to hold corporate bodies liable where they cause the deaths of workers or members of the public. These changes point to the emergence of a new, more punitive, legal culture in relation to corporate crime. At the same time, however, there is evidence to suggest that this punitive culture is not uniform; different national jurisdictions reflect it to differing degrees. The chapter explores the degree to which the UK’s willingness to criminalise work-related deaths is mirrored elsewhere in Europe, and identifies some factors that might account for variations in this regard. In particular, attention is paid to the influence that social and political culture have on practices in this area. It is written as part of a research handbook on corporate crime in Europe, so has an eye on a more generalist audience in some regards.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:39126
Publisher:Routledge

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