The Origins and Developent of the Concept of State-Corporate Crime

Ronald C. Kramer, Western Michigan University
David Kauzlarich, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

The concept of state-corporate crime has been advanced to draw attention to the fact that corporations and government agencies can act together to produce serious criminal behavior. The concept was created by Kramer and Michalowski in 1990 out of their ongoing research into organizational crime. They define state-corporate crime as criminal acts that occur when one or more institutions of political governance pursue a goal in direct cooperation with one or more institutions of economic production and distribution. The creation of this concept has directed attention to a neglected form of organizational crime and inspired numerous empirical case studies and theoretical refinements.

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