Why are occupational safety crimes increasing?
2014 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, E-ISSN 1651-2340, Vol. 15, no 1, 3-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The objective of this article is to analyse the structure of, and trends in, reported occupational safety crimes. The central focus is directed at analysing how we might understand the substantial increase in the number of reported offences witnessed during the first decade of the 21st century. In order to analyse trends in occupational safety crimes we proceed from both official crime statistics and data that have been compiled specifically for the purposes of this study, including a nationally representative sample of offence reports relating to the occupational safety crimes reported to the police. The results show that the increase in reported offenses is primarily due to a shift in definitions and in the reactions of the authorities rather than to a powerful increase in the number of actual crimes committed. This leads to the conclusion that registered occupational safety offences should first and foremost be viewed as a measure of the work of the authorities, rather than as an indicator of real crime trends.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 15, no 1, 3-18 p.
judicialization, juridification, Sweden, corporate-crimes, crime statistics
Other Social Sciences
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98497DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2013.864840OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98497DiVA: diva2:684141