Journal Article

After Enron will ‘Whiter than White Collar Crime’ Still Wash?

Doreen McBarnet

in The British Journal of Criminology

Published on behalf of Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (formerly ISTD)

Volume 46, issue 6, pages 1091-1109
Published in print November 2006 | ISSN: 0007-0955
Published online November 2006 | e-ISSN: 1464-3529 | DOI:
After Enron will ‘Whiter than White Collar Crime’ Still Wash?

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In thinking about white-collar crime, it is not just crime that becomes problematic but compliance, particularly the practice of ‘creative compliance’. This article asks, in the post-Enron era, can creative compliance by business still claim to be ‘whiter than white collar crime’? It analyses the Enron prosecutions and the implications of the state’s choice of enforcement strategy, before going on to look at the wider impact of Enron, at the emergence of a concern with corporate culture, business and professional ethics, and at new approaches to regulation and enforcement. It suggests that while the state’s enforcement strategy and the showcase Enron trials may represent a missed opportunity by failing to pose a direct legal challenge to creative compliance, Enron has also sparked off some wider reactions which do challenge the legitimacy of the creative compliance mindset.

Journal Article.  10390 words. 

Subjects: Criminology

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