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The 'Conventionalization' of Safety Crimes in the Post-Communist New Member States of the European Union
University of Latvia and University of Glasgow. (EuroFaculty)
2006 (English)In: Critical Criminology, ISSN 1205-8629, E-ISSN 1572-9877, Vol. 14, no 4, 339-364 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article begins by presenting a brief overview of the neglected area of ‘safety crime’ in the post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe. Quantitative and qualitative evidence is reviewed, suggesting both the widespread nature of safety crimes, and a deteriorating work environment, in which safety crimes are routinely tolerated. Evidence of the ‘institutionalized tolerance of non-compliance’ is provided through a case study of labor inspection in the new member states, focusing on Latvia, currently the worst performer in health and safety in Europe. Against a background of general violations of labor rights, current innovations in European-level regulatory strategies are critiqued, in particular, the shift towards soft law’ and compliance-based strategies, relying on appeals to corporate social responsibility, together with the encouragement of various forms of voluntary initiatives. It is suggested that such (self)-regulatory strategies may be inappropriate as forms of crime control in the new member states of the European Union. In effect, a convergence domestic and European Union policies may open the door to the further ‘conventionalization’ of safety crimes in the new EU member states.

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Springer, 2006. Vol. 14, no 4, 339-364 p.
Keyword [en]
Safety crimes, labour inspection, new EU member states, occupational health and safety.
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Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77467DOI: 10.1007/s10612-006-9004-2OAI: diva2:527245
Available from: 2012-05-18 Created: 2012-05-18

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