The U. S. Sentencing Commission on Corporate Crime: A Critique
Annals, AAPSS, 525, January 1993
11 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2016
Date Written: 1993
The author argues that when commissions do not include in their analyses major social and political forces that will affect the implementation of their recommendations, their work is incomplete. The U.S. Sentencing Commission first disregarded these forces and as a result had to redraft its recommendations drastically. After several twists and turns, it ended up with some creative responses to pressures by the business community. The commission tried to follow suggestions made on the basis of neoclassical economists; however, these proved to be impossible to implement and in conflict with basic values.
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