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Regulating business or policing crime?: Tracing the policy convergence between taxation and crime control at the local level
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2015 (English)In: Regulation and Governance, ISSN 1748-5983, E-ISSN 1748-5991, Vol. 9, no 4, 352-366 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Policing is commonly associated with street-level crime, whereas regulation is instead associated with thecomplexities of business and market governance. However, this distinction has been questioned by recentresearch and it seems that the worlds of regulation and policing are tending to merge. Still, little is knownabout how this convergence is unfolding. By following the intersection of two international policy-levelprocesses – the financialization of organized crime and the upgraded monitoring of tax evasion – down tothe level of organizational practice in the Swedish restaurant trade, this article contributes to an understandingof the institutional dynamic behind the recent convergence. At the same time, it discusses theconceptual relationship between policing and regulation, and the counter-arguments that may be needed toovercome the distinction between the two. I specifically address the neglected issue of the differential socialvaluation of “crime” and “business,” and find that it is relativized by a common focus on unreportedtransactions.

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2015. Vol. 9, no 4, 352-366 p.
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financial reporting, organized crime, policing, regulation, tax evasion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109182DOI: 10.1111/rego.12071ISI: 000366531300004OAI: diva2:763430
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2008-1767
Available from: 2014-11-14 Created: 2014-11-14 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved

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