Cultures of Compliance

46 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2016 Last revised: 16 Sep 2017

Date Written: 2017


There has been a "cultural turn" in discussion and debates about the promise of corporate compliance efforts. These efforts are occurring quickly, without great confidence in their efficacy. Thus the interest in culture. This article explores what a culture of compliance means and why it is so hard to achieve. The "dark side" that enables non-compliance in organizations is powerful and often hidden from view, working via scripts that rationalize or normalize, denigrations of regulation, and celebrations of beliefs and attitudes that bring with them compliance dangers. The article addresses how both culture and compliance should be judged by those wishing for better corporate behavior.

Keywords: compliance, human behavior

JEL Classification: K14, K22

Suggested Citation

Langevoort, Donald C., Cultures of Compliance (2017). 54 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 933, Available at SSRN:

Donald C. Langevoort (Contact Author)

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