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Corporate Crime and Punishment

The Politics of Negotiated Justice in Global Markets
Cornelia Woll(Autor*in)
Princeton University Press
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Erschienen am 31. Oktober 2023
248 Seiten
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The geopolitics of American law enforcement and how it changed corporate criminal accountability in other countries

Over the past decade, many of the world's biggest companies have found themselves embroiled in legal disputes over corruption, fraud, environmental damage, tax evasion, or sanction violations. Corporations including Volkswagen, BP, and Credit Suisse have paid record-breaking fines. Many critics of globalization and corporate impunity cheer this turn toward accountability. Others, however, question American dominance in legal battles that seem to impose domestic legal norms beyond national boundaries. In this book, Cornelia Woll examines the politics of American corporate criminal law's extraterritorial reach. As governments abroad seek to respond to US law enforcement actions against their companies, they turn to flexible legal instruments that allow prosecutors to settle a case rather than bring it to court. With her analysis of the international and domestic politics of law enforcement targeting big business, Woll traces the rise of what she calls "negotiated corporate justice" in global markets.

Woll charts the path to this shift through case studies of geopolitical tensions and accusations of "economic lawfare," pitting the United States against the European Union, China, and Japan. She then examines the reactions to the new legal landscape, describing institutional changes in the common law countries of the United Kingdom and Canada and the civil law countries of France, Brazil, and Germany. Through an insightful interdisciplinary analysis of how the prosecution of corporate crime has evolved in the twenty-first century, Woll demonstrates the profound transformation of the relationship between states and private actors in world markets, showing that law is part of economic statecraft in the connected global economy.

Cornelia Woll is professor of international political economy and president of the Hertie School Berlin. Previously, she was professor at Sciences Po Paris, where she directed the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies. She is the author of The Power of Inaction: Bank Bailouts in Comparative Perspective and Firm Interest: How Governments Shape Business Lobbying on Global Trade.
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations and Tables
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. Sites of Conflict
  • An End to Corporate Impunity or American Imperialism?
  • How Extraterritorial Law Enforcement Leads to the Rise of Negotiated Corporate Justice
  • Market Power and Legal Irritants
  • Unfolding the Argument
  • 2. The Moral Economy of Corporate Justice
  • Legal Change across Boundaries
  • Legal Traditions and Corporate Criminality
  • Moral Economies
  • Conclusion
  • 3. Corporate Prosecutions in the United States
  • The Evolution of Corporate Criminal Enforcement
  • Overview and Trends
  • Global Enforcement-Home Advantage
  • Possible Explanations for Home Bias
  • Conclusion
  • 4. Extraterritoriality through Market Power
  • Law and Territory
  • Unilateral Expansion of Jurisdiction
  • The Long Arm of American Law
  • Conclusion
  • 5. Economic Lawfare
  • Economic Rivalries in an Interdependent World
  • Economic Lawfare in Support of Geoeconomic Strategies
  • Targeting Companies to Win Geoeconomic Advantage
  • Conclusion
  • 6. The Rise of Negotiated Justice
  • Institutional Change through Irritation
  • Negotiated Corporate Justice
  • Comparing Institutional Change
  • Varieties of Negotiated Justice
  • 7. Crime and Punishment in the Global Economy
  • Globalization as the Competitive Transformation of Corporate Justice
  • The Challenges of Negotiated Corporate Justice
  • Lessons from Abroad
  • Geopolitics vs. Democratic Legitimacy
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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