Rule-breaking without Crime: Insights from Behavioral Ethics for the Study of Everyday Deviancy

Feldman, Y., Rorie, M., & Van Rooij, B. (2019). Rule-breaking without Crime: Insights from Behavioral Ethics for the Study of Everyday Deviancy. The Criminologist, 44(2), 8-11.

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2020-09

Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 20-05

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2020-27

General Subserie Research Paper No. 2020-09

5 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2020 Last revised: 28 May 2020

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Yuval Feldman

Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law

Benjamin van Rooij

University of California, Irvine School of Law; University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Melissa Rorie

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Date Written: April 25, 2019

Abstract

Recently the field of behavioral ethics has shown new insights about how ordinary people ("good people") can come to break the law. The core assumption in this field is that ordinary deviancy is related to cognitive processes and the situation behavior is embedded in. This paper compares insights from this field to criminological knowledge that normally has focused on crime and criminal behaviour. In comparing both fields it finds that there is some significant overlap in ordinary rule breaking behavior and criminal behavior. And thus it argues for bridging the divide between criminal and mundane rule breaking behavior and develop research that incorporates both perspectives to understand what makes people, whether they are seen as good or bad, come to break or obey rules.

Keywords: behavioral ethics, deviancy, criminology, crime decision making, compliance, crime, ethics

JEL Classification: K42, K14

Suggested Citation

Feldman, Yuval and van Rooij, Benjamin and Rorie, Melissa, Rule-breaking without Crime: Insights from Behavioral Ethics for the Study of Everyday Deviancy (April 25, 2019). Feldman, Y., Rorie, M., & Van Rooij, B. (2019). Rule-breaking without Crime: Insights from Behavioral Ethics for the Study of Everyday Deviancy. The Criminologist, 44(2), 8-11. , UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2020-09, Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 20-05, Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2020-27, General Subserie Research Paper No. 2020-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3563487

Yuval Feldman

Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Faculty of Law
Ramat Gan, 52900
Israel

Benjamin Van Rooij (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

401 E. Peltason Dr.
Ste. 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Melissa Rorie

University of Nevada, Las Vegas ( email )

4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
United States

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