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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter investigates what ordinary people think about white-collar crime and its proper punishment. It does so by synthesizing the evidence on what the public thinks and wants about white-collar crime and its control. While the public usually is less concerned with and punitive toward white-collar than street crime, people want white-collar offenders to be punished more severely than is the norm when compared to actual sentences given to convicted white-collar offenders. While acknowledging the definitional and methodological challenges associated with measuring public opinion research on white-collar crime, public perceptions of white-collar crime punishment must be known to achieve the punishment goal of general deterrence.

Keywords: white-collar crime, public opinion, public perceptions, fraud, seriousness, punitiveness, punitive attitudes, corporate crime

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