Social movement against white collar crime. Which social developments may have contributed to the social movement against white collar crime, and which factors continue to act as constraints against such a movement? What role has the media played in shaping public perceptions of white-collar crime, and what factors contribute to media distortions of such perceptions?
How are corporate abuses of power, corporate fraud, and corporate economic exploitation interrelated? Which segments of society seem to bear the largest burden from these forms of corporate crime, and which segments seem least vulnerable? Which of these forms of corporate crime concern you most? Which concern you least? Explain your answers.
Discuss the principal problems involved in defining employee crime and measuring its scope accurately. Which forms of employee crime are most harmful, and which are least harmful? Identify the main factors that seem to promote a high level of employee crime and the main factors that influence employer response to it.
How does political white collar crime differ from state crime or state-organized crime, as defined in this text? How are the various types of police crime best classified? How does a structural account for political white collar crime differ from the “bad apples” account, and which account do you find most persuasive?
What are some of the specific types of unethical and illegal activities, other than insider trading, which occurs within the financial markets (securities and bonds) or financial services (e.g., the insurance business)? Why does finance crime represent an especially potent threat to society?
Critically evaluate the contribution of the conflict perspective, in its Marxist, radical, and contemporary critical criminological forms, to our understanding of white-collar crime. How can a focus on criminalization contribute to our understanding of white-collar crime?
Identify three federal regulatory agencies with specific responsibilities relating to white-collar crime. Which agencies appear to be most effective, and which agencies appear to be least effective—or even counterproductive—and why? What factors specifically influence how agencies operate?
Identify some specific strategies that might elevate awareness about white-collar crime. What are some of the major policy options for responding to white collar crime generally? Which overall strategy, if any, is most likely to succeed, and why?
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