The Handbook of White-Collar Crime
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This handbook re-frames the usual discussion of white-collar crime to focus more on the definitional ambiguity in the “white-collar crime” term. The only thing white-collar crime researchers agree on is that white-collar offenses are incredibly different from those “traditional crimes” that are the priority for law enforcement and criminal justice scholars. The Handbook compiles all of the major issues in this area (e.g., offenders, theoretical explanations) in one place, but attends to nuances within those areas by distinguishing between the four main types of crimes falling under the ambiguous “white-collar crime” phrase (occupational crime, corporate crime, government crimes, and state-corporate crimes). Previous handbooks have not successfully handled these dual objectives of being both broad in scope (with the perspectives and topics covered) but also specific (in terms of providing clear distinctions within the paradigm). In addition, the current book elicited chapters discussing international white-collar crime scholarship as well as emerging issues in the field, and also sought to diversify perspectives by including newer scholars in the field.


Handbook on White-Collar Crime

Table of Contents


Author: Melissa Rorie (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)


Author: Melissa Rorie (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Section I. What is White Collar Crime?

Chapter 1. The “Discovery” of White-Collar Crime: Edwin Sutherland’s Legacy

Authors: Aleksandra Jordanoska (University of Manchester), Isabel Schoultz (Lunds University)

Chapter 2. Definitional Debates and The Case for a Typological Approach

Author: David Friedrichs (The University of Scranton)

Chapter 3. Measuring White-Collar Crime

Author: April Wall (National White-Collar Crime Center)

Section II. Extent and Cost of White-Collar Crimes

Chapter 4. Types of Harm, Extent of Harm, and the Victims of Occupational Crimes

Author: Petter Gottschalk (BI Norwegian Business School)

Chapter 5. From Economic Crime to Corporate Violence: The Multifaceted Harms of Corporate Crime

Author: Gabrio Forti (Universita Cattolicà del Sacro Cuore), Arianna Visconti (Universita Cattolicà del Sacro Cuore)

Chapter 6. Beyond State and State-Corporate Crime Typologies: The Symbiotic Nature, Harm, and Victimization of Crimes of the Powerful and Their Continuation

Author: Dawn Rothe (Eastern Kentucky University), Corina Medley (Eastern Kentucky University)

Section III. What We Know About White-Collar Offending

Chapter 7. Who commits Occupational Crimes?

Authors: Michael Benson (University of Cincinnati), Hei Chio (University of Cincinnati)

Chapter 8. Who commits Corporate Crime?

Author: Mary Dodge (University of Colorado-Denver)

Chapter 9. State-Corporate Crimes

Authors: Ignasi Bernat (University of Girona), David Whyte (University of Liverpool)

Chapter 10. Blurred Lines: Collusions Between Legitimate and Illegitimate Organizations

Author: Wim Huisman (Vrije Universiteit-Amsterdam)

Chapter 11. Explaining White-Collar Crime: Individual-Level Theories

Authors: Rachel Severson (University of South Florida), Zachary Kodatt (Southern Illinois University-Carbondale), George Burruss (University of South Florida)

Chapter 12. Organizational and Macro-Level Corporate Crime Theories

Author: Jay Kennedy (Michigan State University)

Chapter 13. Integrated Theories of White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Authors: Fiona Chan (Michigan State University), Carole Gibbs (Michigan State University)

Section IV. Preventing and Punishing White-Collar Crimes

Chapter 14. Public Opinion About White-Collar Crime

Author: Francis T. Cullen (University of Cincinnati), Cecilia Chouhy (Florida State University), Cheryl Lero Jonson (Xavier University)

Chapter 15. Preventing White Collar Crime from Within: Compliance Management, Whistleblowing and Internal Monitoring

Author: Benjamin van Rooij (University of California-Irvine), Adam Fine (University of California-Irvine)

Chapter 16. Preventing and Intervening in White-Collar Crimes: The Role of Law Enforcement

Author: Nicholas Lord (University of Manchester), Karin van Wingerde (Erasmus University-Rotterdam)

Chapter 17. Preventing and Intervening in White-Collar Crimes: The Role of Regulatory Agencies

Author: Nicholas Ryder (University of West England, Bristol), Angela Francis (University of West England, Bristol)

Chapter 18. Prosecution, Defense, and Sentencing of White Collar Crime

Author: Ronald Burns (Texas Christian University), Michele Meitl (Texas Christian University)

Chapter 19. The Correctional Experiences of White-Collar Offenders

Author: Ben Hunter (University of Greenwich)

Chapter 20. Punishing Corporations

Author: Mark Cohen (Vanderbilt University)

Section V. White Collar Crime: An International Perspective

Chapter 21. White-Collar and Corporate Crime: European Perspectives

Author: Christian Walburg (University of Muenster)

Chapter 22. White Collar and Corporate Crime in China

Author: Henry Pontell (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), Adam Ghazi-Tehrani (University of Alabama), Bryan Burton (Southern Utah University)

Chapter 23. White-Collar Crime in South and Central America: Corporate-State Crime, Governance and the High Impact of the Odebrecht Corruption Case

Author: Diego Zysman (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Chapter 24. Prosecuting and Sentencing White-Collar Crime in U.S. Federal Courts: Revisiting the Yale Findings

Author: Miranda A. Galvin (University of Maryland-College Park), Sally S. Simpson (University of Maryland-College Park)

Chapter 25. Market Criminology: A Critical Engagement with Primitive Accumulation in the Petroleum Extraction Industry in Africa

Author: Ifeanyi Ezeonu (Brock University)

Chapter 26. Researching White-Collar Crime: An Australian Perspective

Author: Arie Freiberg (Monash University)

Chapter 27: Review of Comparative Studies on White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Author: Tomomi Kawasaki (Doshisha University)

Section VI. Emerging White-Collar Crime Issues

Chapter 28. Technology’s Influence on White-Collar Offending, Reporting, and Investigation

Authors: Tom Holt (Michigan State University), Jay Kennedy (Michigan State University)

Chapter 29. The Elusiveness of Corporate and White-Collar Crime in a Globalized Economy

Authors: Karin van Wingerde (Erasmus University), Nicholas Lord (University of Manchester)

Chapter 30. Controlling Corporate Crimes in Times of De-Regulation and Re-Regulation

Author: Steven Bittle (University of Ottowa)