In order to stimulate research in the field of organizational crime in Europe and to promote exchange and collaboration between the various European research groups working in this field, we set up a working group on organizational criminology.
European criminology has traditionally focused on the conventional offender and on conventional crime, whereas organizational crime remains a theoretical and empirical challenge. In recent decades there is increased attention for the field, also in the European context, and this working group intends to contribute to this further theoretical and empirical underpinning of the research domain.
The working group on organizational crime focuses on crime, deviance or semi-legal "cosmetic compliance" behavior, committed by corporations, firms, organizations, or state actors or by individuals in an organizational context. These acts can be financial-economic crime (financial market fraud, cartels, corruption, etc.), environmentally damaging or green crimes, product safety violations, state-corporate crime, or war crimes. This entails a focus on victims' and perpetrators' perceptions on, and experiences with, corporate and organizational crime. We pay attention to the etiology of the phenomenon, by focusing on issues of criminalization, motives and opportunities on macro, meso and micro level.
Besides this etiological focal point, our focus goes to the reactions and approaches (regulation, governance and enforcement) to organizational crime from the perspective of a variety of public and private actors, such as various local, national and international governments and state institutions (police, inspection services, judiciary, policy makers, etc.), private regulators such as NGO's and private security firms, and internal regulatory forces such as compliance officers, auditors and accountants.
To stimulate and facilitate research in the international field of organizational crime.
A number of specific objectives in support of this aim have been established:
- to promote communication between European researchers on organizational crime;
- to exchange experience with empirical research in the field of organisational crime;
- to inform researchers on new fields of research, new approaches, et cetera;
- to stimulate permanent discussion;
- to organize thematic EUROC-sessions at the annual ESC-conferences.
Gudrun Vande Walle, Ghent University College
Judith van Erp, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Wim Huisman, Free University of Amsterdam
Joep Beckers, Erasmus University Rotterdam
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