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Lying, Cheating, and Stealing – A Moral Theory of White-Collar Crime - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral Theory of White-Collar Crime

Stuart P. Green


The picture of crime that dominates the popular imagination is one of unambiguous wrong-doing — manifestly harmful acts that are clearly worthy of condemnation. The accompanying picture of the criminal — the thief, the murderer — is a picture of society's failures, to be cast out and re-integrated through a process of punishment and penance. Our understanding of white-collar crime, by contrast, is pervaded by moral and imaginative ambiguity. Such crimes are committed by society's success stories, by the rich and the powerful, and frequently have no visible victim at their root. The problem of ... More

Keywords: lying, cheating, stealing, moral theory, white-collar crime, harmful acts, condemnation, criminal, thief, murderer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199225804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart P. Green, author
Professor of Law and Justice Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar, Rutgers School of Law, Newark
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