Steve Tombs and David Whyte discuss their recent book The Corporate Criminal: Why Corporations Must Be Abolished. In that book, they document the fact that the private, profit-making corporation is a habitual and routine offender. The book dissects the myth that the corporation can be a rational, responsible ‘citizen’. It shows how, in its present form, the corporation is permitted, licensed and encouraged to systematically kill, maim and steal for profit. Therefore, the authors argue, the corporation cannot be easily reformed. The only feasible solution to this ‘crime’ problem is to abolish the legal and political privileges that enable the corporation to act with impunity.
Steve Tombs is Professor of Criminology at the Open University.
David Whyte is Professor of Socio-Legal studies at the University of Liverpool.