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Politics and Corporate Crime Legislation

6 Pages Posted: 28 May 2004  

Vikramaditya S. Khanna

University of Michigan Law School


The recent spate of alleged corporate fraud has led to calls for new corporate crime legislation. Interestingly, there are already many such laws; before the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, some 300,000 federal corporate criminal offenses were already on the books. How did so much corporate crime legislation get enacted, given the lobbying strength of corporate interests? We would expect that wealthy, organized corporations would largely be able to get their way in the legislative process, yet they appear to be losing the battle over corporate crime legislation. How can we explain that outcome?

Keywords: Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate crime, corporations, corporate crime legislation, corporate liability, third-party liability, corporate misconduct, compliance, third-party enforcement

JEL Classification: K1, K13, K14, K22, K42

Suggested Citation

Khanna, Vikramaditya S., Politics and Corporate Crime Legislation. Regulation, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp.30-35, Spring 2004. Available at SSRN:

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