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Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Second Edition
Two Volume Set
Edited by:

August 2013 | 1 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Since the first edition of the Encyclopedia of White Collar and Corporate Crime was produced in 2004, the number and severity of these crimes have risen to the level of calamity, so much so that many experts attribute the near-Depression of 2008 to white-collar malfeasance, namely crimes of greed and excess by bankers and finan­cial institutions. Whether the perpetrators were prosecuted or not, white-collar and corporate crime came near to collapsing the U.S. economy. In the 7 years since the first edition was produced we have also seen the largest Ponzi scheme in history (Maddoff), an ecological disaster caused by British Petroleum and its subcontractors (Gulf Oil Spill), and U.S. Defense Department contractors operating like vigilantes in Iraq (Blackwater).


White-collar criminals have been busy, and the Second Edition of this encyclopedia captures what has been going on in the news and behind the scenes with new articles and updates to past articles.

"...This edition boasts close to 500 entries, including 80 new subjects and revisions to outdated entries from the first version. The clear, authoritative essays...cover a wide range of offenses, including organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, bribery, and government corruption....Given the intricacies of many notable cases, this set excels at conveying the complexities that often lead to punishable white-collar offenses....VERDICT: This encyclopedia is not designed for use as a legal reference; its value lies in its fascinating and evenhanded documentation of the most egregious examples of corporate, political, and individual transgression throughout history. Recommended for high school students and adults with an interest in white-collar and corporate crime."

Jennifer Michaelson
Library Journal

"This two-volume encyclopedia has been updated and refined to reflect the changing landscape of white-collar and corporate crime....more than 80 new entries have been added on recent figures (such as Bernie Madoff and Eliot Spitzer) and for crimes and scandals (including Ponzi schemes and WikiLeaks)....This set covers a wide range of topics with entries focused on providing introductory information , making it a useful starting point for researchers. Recommended as a great addition to public, high-school, and undergraduate libraries."

Kaela Casey

"...This second edition provides a wealth of information about current and historical issues, focused on "the introductory knowledge that students can utilize."...Several articles from the previous edition were removed and about 80 new signed articles added. This resource provides an understanding of the events, people, and places that define white collar and corporate crime. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; general readers."

K. Evans
Indiana State University

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