The Impact of Publicity on Corporate Offenders

The Impact of Publicity on Corporate Offenders

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Uncertainty surrounds the use of publicity as a means of controlling corporate crime. On the one hand, some agree with Justice Brandeis's dictum that light is qthe best of disinfectants...the most efficient policeman.q On the other hand, many believe that corporations' internal affairs are effectively shrouded with a thick fog that prevents the light of public scrutiny from reaching them. The Impact of Publicity on Corporate Offenders is the first study to go beyond the rhetoric, through an examination of corporate experience. Fisse and Braithwaite have carried out a qualitative inquiry concerning 17 large corporations involved in publicity crises. Based mainly on interviews, the inquiry includes company employees and former employees, union officials, officers of government regulatory agencies, competitors, independent accountants, government prosecutors, public interest activists, judicial officers, stockbrokers, and other experts.The only warning given in the ownera#39;s manual was that aquot;over- steer problems may ... be encountered with incorrect [tire] pressures. ... Third, it was charged that although General Motors had substantially improved the suspension of the 1964 and 1965 Corvairs (the 1965 ... it creates a dangerous risk of harm irrespective of whether the car be a Corvair, a Falcon, a Volkswagen, a Dodge, a Cadillac, or anyanbsp;...

Title:The Impact of Publicity on Corporate Offenders
Author:Brent Fisse, John Braithwaite
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1983


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