Legal but It Ain't Right
Social Consequences of Legal Industries
Nikos Passas and Neva Goodwin, Editors
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volume is part of the series
Values for a Capitalist World
wide range of scholars, journalists, and policy analysts
examine the "lawful but awful" practices
that populate the gray area between legality and morality.
Many U.S. corporations and the goods they produce
negatively impact our society without breaking any
laws. We are all too familiar with the tobacco industry's
effect on public health and health care costs for
smokers and nonsmokers, as well as the role of profit
in the pharmaceutical industry's research priorities.
It's Legal but It Ain't Right tackles these issues,
plus the ethical ambiguities of legalized gambling,
the firearms trade, the fast food industry, the pesticide
industry, private security companies, and more. Aiming
to identify industries and goods that undermine our
societal values and to hold them accountable for their
actions, this collection makes a valuable contribution
to the ongoing discussion of ethics in our time.
This accessible exploration of corporate legitimacy
and crime will be important reading for advocates,
journalists, students, and anyone interested in the
dichotomy between law and legitimacy.
"It's Legal but It Ain't Right chronicles the
abuse of power and privilege by businesses that defy
the strictures of law and limits of regulation. Contributors
stretch the conceptual boundaries of corporate deviance
across a wide range of industries at a time when standards
of corporate social responsibility and good corporate
citizenship are in flux."
--- William S. Laufer, Professor, The Wharton School
"This delightful and serious book involves a
matter I have long felt of first importance. That
is our tendency to make social truth and acceptance
conform to personal or larger corporate interests.
On this I have written , but gladly yield to this
persuasive parallel. No one concerned with literate,
informed, and relevant---as distinct from self-serving---truth
should miss It's Legal but It Ain't Right."
--- John Kenneth Galbraith
"This absorbing and well-written book of essays
on the harmful consequences of legal industries skillfully
illuminates the ways in which some corporate harms
fail to be transformed into criminal law-making and
enforcement, and offers cogent suggestions for better
regulation in the public interest."
--- Dr. Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology, Cardiff
Nikos Passas is Professor in the College of Criminal
Justice at Northeastern University.
Goodwin is Co-director of the Global
Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.
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