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European White-Collar CrimeExploring the Nature of European Realities$
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Nicholas Lord, Éva Inzelt, Wim Huisman, and Rita Faria

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529212327

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529212327.001.0001

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Using Grid-Group Cultural Theory to Assess Approaches to the Prevention of Corporate and Occupational Crime: The EU as a Natural Experiment

Using Grid-Group Cultural Theory to Assess Approaches to the Prevention of Corporate and Occupational Crime: The EU as a Natural Experiment

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(p.17) 2 Using Grid-Group Cultural Theory to Assess Approaches to the Prevention of Corporate and Occupational Crime: The EU as a Natural Experiment
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(p.i) European White-Collar Crime
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Jeroen Maesschalck

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529212327.003.0002

This essay presents the building blocks for a theoretical framework to address the question ‘what works in the prevention of corporate and occupational crime?’, arguing that the EU provides a promising environment to test and further develop such a framework. The essay starts with the presentation of two common classifications to map variation in corporate and occupational crime prevention: a classification of approaches to ethics management at organizational level and a classification of approaches to regulation at industry level. It argues that a more generic classification drawn from grid-group cultural theory (originally developed by Mary Douglas) is more fruitful. It then shows how grid-group cultural theory, combined with the conceptual framework of Pawson and Tilly’s realist evaluation, offers the building blocks of a theoretical framework that could guide research on the impact of efforts to prevent corporate and occupational crime. The paper concludes with some designs for empirical research within the EU to test and further develop the proposed theoretical framework.

Keywords:   Corporate crime, Occupational crime, Crime prevention, Ethics management, Regulation, Grid-group theory, Cultural theory, Realist evaluation, European Union

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