Corporate Crime Under Attack

2nd Edition

The Fight to Criminalize Business Violence


  • Michael Benson
  • Francis Cullen
  • William Maakestad
  • Gray Cavender
  • Description

    In exploring the criminalization of corporations, this book uses the landmark "Ford Pinto case" as a centerpiece for exploring corporate violence and the long effort to bring such harm within the reach of the criminal law. Corporations that illegally endanger human life now must negotiate the surveillance of government regulators and risk civil suits from injured parties seeking financial compensation. They also may be charged with criminal offenses and their officials sent to prison.

    Key Features

    • A revised version of the first edition, titled Corporate Crime Under Attack: The Ford Pinto Case and Beyond -- an endeavor prompted in part by the Ford Pinto case’s twenty-fifth anniversary and the corresponding recognition of the continuing significance of the issues this prosecution raised and of the important developments that have transpired in the intervening years.
    • In addition to the new, more descriptive subtitle, the book has been substantially remodeled and new sections added. 

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Corporate Crime Under Attack

    1. The Criminalization of Corporate Violence

    2. Corporate Criminal Liability: From Immunity to Culpability

    3. The Movement Against White-Collar Crime

    Part II: The Ford Pinto Case

    4. Assessing Blame

    5. Getting to Trial: The Obstacle Course Begins

    6. Trying Ford

    Part III: The Fight to Criminalize Business Violence

    7. Beyond the Ford Pinto Case: The Legacy of Criminalization

    8. Prosecuting Corporate Crime in the Twenty-First Century



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    © 2006
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    About the authors

    Francis Cullen

    Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Cullen has published more than 300 works in the areas of criminological theory, corrections, white-collar crime, public opinion, and the measurement of sexual victimization.