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White-Collar Crime: The Abuse of Corporate and Government Power

Ronald J. Berger
White-Collar Crime: The Abuse of Corporate and Government Power
ISBN: 978-1-58826-790-0
ISBN: 978-1-58826-765-8
ISBN: 978-1-62637-702-8
2011/269 pages/LC: 2010039670
Also of interest: Crime, Justice, and Society: An Introduction to Criminology, 3rd edition, edited by Ronald J. Berger, Marvin Free, Jr., and Patricia Searles.
"Berger skillfully walks the line between academic rigour on one hand and accessibility and engagement on the other.... This books stands as a comprehensive and well-written overview that does an excellent job in priming the reader with an understanding of white-collar crime and a range of crimes committed by governments."—Clinton Free, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology

"Powerful and illuminating, this is an ideal book for the classroom.… Vivid case studies and rich theoretical frameworks make this text as engaging as it is informative."—Erik D. Fritsvold, University of San Diego     

"Exceptional.... With clear descriptions of complex events, Berger offers students a refreshingly sociological perspective from which to understand the seemingly ambiguous, controversial, complex, and pervasive forms of white-collar crime."—A. Javier Treviño, Wheaton College


When does cutting corners in pursuit of corporate profit become a crime? When should the misdeeds of government officials warrant a prison sentence? This lucid introduction to the notoriously complex problem of white-collar crime provides students with a set of tools for exploring the abuse of corporate and government power.  

This student-friendly text: 
● Covers the gamut of corporate crimes and government malfeasance.
● Accessibly introduces theoretical concepts.
● Includes both classic case studies and contemporary examples.
● Documents the devastating impact of white-collar crime.
● Discusses the dilemmas of regulatory reform and ways to prevent white-collar crime.

For students, the result is a critical approach to separating right from wrong and lawful from illegal in the gray areas of professional and civic life.


Ronald J. Berger is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. His previous publications include Crime, Justice, and Society, 3rd edition (with Marvin D. Free, Jr. and Patricia Searles); Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (with Paul Gregory); and Storytelling Sociology (with Richard Quinney).


  • The Problem of White-Collar Crime.
  • Explaining White-Collar Crime.
  • Corporate Financial Crime.
  • Corporate Crime Against Workers, Consumers, and the Environment.
  • Political Corruption.
  • State Crimes of Foreign Policy.
  • Prevention and Control of White-Collar Crime.