Neoliberalism and the Moral Economy of Fraud

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David Whyte, Jörg Wiegratz
Routledge, May 26, 2016 - Business & Economics - 276 pages

There is evidence that economic fraud has, in recent years, become routine activity in the economies of both high- and low-income countries. Many business sectors in today's global economy are rife with economic crime.

Neoliberalism and the Moral Economy of Fraud shows how neoliberal policies, reforms, ideas, social relations and practices have engendered a type of sociocultural change across the globe which is facilitating widespread fraud. This book investigates the moral worlds of fraud in different social and geographical settings, and shows how contemporary fraud is not the outcome of just a few ‘bad apples’. Authors from a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology and political science, social policy and economics, employ case studies from the Global North and Global South to explore how particular values, morals and standards of behaviour rendered dominant by neoliberalism are encouraging the proliferation of fraud.

This book will be indispensable for those who are interested in political economy, development studies, economics, anthropology, sociology and criminology.

 

Contents

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Neoliberalism moral economy and fraud
Economic wrong and economic debate in the neoliberal
morality plays and the renewal of business as usual
Moral economy unearned income and legalized corruption
professionals
Do they do evil? The moral economy of tax professionals
the case of
Entrepreneurialism corruption and moral order in the criminal
commercial insurance and moralities in South Africa
neoliberalism and the moral economies
Pentecostal religious discourses pyramidal
change in Argentinas sweatshop business
public sector reform bureaucrats
materialistic bosses and the support for bribery
The moral economy of neoliberal fraud

Transnational tobacco companies and the moral economy of cigarette
Troika austerity and the reluctant resort to criminality in Greece

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About the author (2016)

David Whyte is Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Jörg Wiegratz is Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development at the University of Leeds, UK.