The Prevention and Control of State-Corporate Crime: Lessons From the Enron Scanal

Ronald C. Kramer, Western Michigan University

The crimes involved in the Enron/Arthur Anderson scandal have generated intense media, political, and academic scrutiny since the first revelations of the energy gian's fraudulent practices in the fall of 2001. Since then, a small cottage industry has emerged around proposals for reforming both law and business culture to preent and control future Enrons. Most of these suggestions, however, treat the Enron fiasco as a matter of individual business malfeasance, rather than complex case of state-corporate crime involving important structural failures as well as key actors in both business and government. By approach Enron as a case of state-corporate crime, this paper proposes a variety of strategies for controlling the kinds of state-corporate crime exemplified by Enron's questional financial and political dealings./

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