Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Michalowski, Raymond J., and Ronald C. Kramer: State-Corporate Crime
Douglas J. Dallier
Raymond J. Michalowski and Ronald C. Kramer's concept of state-corporate crime recognizes that socially injurious actions can be facilitated at the intersection of the political and economic orders, regardless of the existence of criminal codes officially recognizing the malevolence of those actions. Grounded in both the critical criminological discourse of the 1970s and the existing literature on organizational deviance, the concept represents an advance over existing explanations that did not account for the interdependent nature of relationships between public and private institutions. The following discussion chronicles some of the theoretical developments that led to the formulation of the concept of state-corporate crime and articulates the explanatory framework of state-corporate crime. An attempt is also made to highlight some of the case studies examined within its context. Michalowski and Kramer (2006) note that the concept of state-corporate crime was formulated amidst the suite of investigations that followed the 1986 explosion of ...