Corporate Crime and the Tobacco Industry Analytical Essay by Mark Lewis

Corporate Crime and the Tobacco Industry
An in-depth analysis of the nature and characteristics of corporate crime within the tobacco industry.
# 111586 | 3,402 words | 9 sources | APA | 2008 | GB
Published on Jan 26, 2009 in Business (Industries) , Criminology (General)

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The paper uses the Marxist conception of corporate crime as a method of analytical assessment and shows how the interests of corporate business are protected and propelled because of the very nature of the capitalist system itself. The paper asserts that the tobacco industry is a clear example of how corporate crime is allowed to continue largely unchecked in modern capitalist states. The paper concludes that until the system itself is fundamentally altered, it is likely that corporate crime will remain an integral feature of the modern nation state.

Literature Review
Main Discussion

From the Paper:

"In recent decades the study of criminology has expanded and developed to include new broader areas of analysis. Foremost among these is the study of corporate crime. In general, corporate crime denotes criminal activity that is undertaken by a business corporation, or individuals that work on behalf of that business. However, although this generalised definition is useful as a preliminary starting point it is important to note the extent to which corporate crime has a much more encompassing nature (Maguire et al, 1997; p.733). Above all, crime of a corporate nature can sometimes (although not exclusively) include the concepts of white collar crime and state corporate crime."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aguinaga, S, Macdonald, H, Traynor, M, Begay, M and Glantz, S. (1996) Undermining Popular Government: tobacco industries political expenditures in California, 1993-1994, San Francisco: University of California.
  • Baren, M and Yeager, P. (2006). Corporate Crime New York: Transaction.
  • Elster, J. (1986). An Introduction to Karl Marx, Cambridge: Cambridge University.
  • Ezzati, M. (2003). 'Harvard School of Public Health'. Smoking causes nearly five million deaths annually worldwide,, date accessed, 30th December 2008.
  • Geis, G. (2006). White Collar Criminal: the offender in business and the professions, New York: Transaction.

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