Populism, law and order and the crimes of the 1%

Hogg, Russell (2013) Populism, law and order and the crimes of the 1%. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2(1), pp. 113-131.

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The article examines the evidence of endemic financial crime in the global financial crisis (GFC), the legal impunity surrounding these crimes and the popular revolt against these abuses in the financial, political and legal systems. This is set against a consideration of the development since the 1970s of a conservative politics championing de-regulation, unfettered markets, welfare cuts and harsh law and order policies. On the one hand, this led to massively increased inequality and concentrations of wealth and political power in the hands of the super-rich, effectively placing them above the law, as the GFC revealed. On the other, a greatly enlarged, more punitive criminal justice system was directed at poor and minority communities. Explanations in terms of the rise of penal populism are helpful in explaining these developments, but it is argued they adopt a limited and reductionist view of populism, failing to see the prospects for a progressive populist politics to re-direct political attention to issues of inequality and corporate and white collar criminality.

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ID Code: 66215
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Corporate crime, global financial crisis, populism
ISSN: 2202-7998
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Queensland University of Technology * Crime and Justice Research Centre
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2014 06:22
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2014 04:15

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