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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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Same Difference? Reflections on the Comparative Method in White-Collar Crime Research in Ireland and the United States

Same Difference? Reflections on the Comparative Method in White-Collar Crime Research in Ireland and the United States

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(p.221) 14 Same Difference? Reflections on the Comparative Method in White-Collar Crime Research in Ireland and the United States
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European White-Collar Crime
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Joe McGrath

Deirdre Healy

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529212327.003.0014

Comparative socio-legal and criminological research is notoriously complex due to the variety of languages, cultures and legal systems that exist across the globe. These issues are particularly pronounced in comparative white-collar crime research since terms like white-collar crime have no fixed legal meaning in any one country, let alone across multiple jurisdictions. Though currently in its infancy, comparative white-collar crime research is beginning to attract scholarly attention. This essay seeks to add to this emerging field by comparing responses to white-collar crime in the USA and Ireland, using quantitative data as well as qualitative, contextual analyses of both criminal justice landscapes. These analyses are used as a springboard for a critical reflection on the methodological challenges and opportunities that arise during comparative white-collar crime research. While the essay focuses on the US and Ireland, these issues can bedevil any scholar who seeks to compare their jurisdiction against an international exemplar.

Keywords:   Comparative methodology, white-collar crime, mixed methods, Ireland, USA

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