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The myths and realities of deterrence in workplace safety regulation

Tombs, Steve and Whyte, David (2013). The myths and realities of deterrence in workplace safety regulation. British Journal of Criminology, 53(5) pp. 746–763.

URL: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/53/5/746
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azt024
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Abstract

Given the proliferation of the use of deterrence in neo-liberal crime control policies, it is remarkable that this concept remains absent from the study and practice of corporate regulation. The paper explores this absence in the regulation literature, highlighting a series of widely accepted myths about deterrence in this literature, myths that have also been reproduced in British policy debates. Having discussed the enduring, if hidden, adherence to deterrence across this literature, we then go on to discuss the significant absences of deterrence and, in doing so, we focus specifically upon the dynamics of law enforcement, as it applies in the case of UK workplace health and safety law. The paper concludes that only through a careful consideration of the politics and praxis of law enforcement can we adequately grasp the context of the regulation of workplace safety—what the proper place of deterrence is and how it might be better secured.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
ISSN: 1464-3529
Keywords: deterrence; enforcement; regulation; compliance; occupational health and safety; corporate manslaughter
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology > Social Policy & Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 37498
Depositing User: Steve Tombs
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 09:56
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 11:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37498
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