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Communication and social regulation. the criminalization of work-related death

Almond, P. ORCID: and Colover, S. (2012) Communication and social regulation. the criminalization of work-related death. British Journal of Criminology, 52 (5). pp. 997-1016. ISSN 0007-0955

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azs038


This paper addresses the movement towards criminalization as a tool for the regulation of work-related deaths in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the last 20 years. This can be seen as reflecting dissatisfaction with the relevant law, although it is best understood in symbolic terms as a response to a disjunction between the instrumental nature and communicative aspirations of regulatory law. This paper uses empirical data gathered from interviews with members of the public to explore the role that such an offence might play. The findings demonstrate that the failures of regulatory law give rise to a desire for criminalization as a means of framing work-related safety events in normative terms.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:28987
Uncontrolled Keywords:corporate homicide; manslaughter; regulation; health and safety
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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