Coercion, Fraud, and What is Wrong with Blackmail

59 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2017

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Stephen Galoob

University of Tulsa College of Law

Date Written: February 3, 2017

Abstract

Several theorists argue that blackmail is morally wrong because the blackmail proposal is coercive. These coercion-based views are promising but incomplete. A full explanation of blackmail’s immorality must address both the blackmail proposal and the blackmail agreement. I defend what I call the complex account, on which blackmail is morally wrong because blackmail proposals are coercive and blackmail agreements are fraudulent. The complex account avoids difficulties that beset other coercion-based views and provides a stronger case for why blackmail should be criminalized.

Keywords: Blackmail, Criminal Law, Coercion, Fraud

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Galoob, Stephen, Coercion, Fraud, and What is Wrong with Blackmail (February 3, 2017). Legal Theory, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2911279

Stephen Galoob (Contact Author)

University of Tulsa College of Law ( email )

3120 E. Fourth Place
Tulsa, OK 74104
United States

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