Private justice, public resources and forum shopping: the settlement of crime within companies

CA Meerts

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Abstract

In this presentation data derived from observations and interviews are used to examine private methods of investigation as used by corporate security providers in the Netherlands, and the private settlement options which follow those investigations. It is argued that rather than a dominance of public actors such as police and prosecution, these public actors and public resources are strategically used for corporate crime control. Corporate security and its clients have a ‘pick and choose’ approach when searching for an optimal solution for the incident at hand (forum shopping). This has consequences for the ways in which we view the public – private divide in security. Data from the research indicate that there is neither a strict division between public and private (inter alia exemplified by avoidance of the public by the private sphere), nor a public sector leadership (as often assumed in public/private relationships, for example privatisation and responsibilisation). Rather, it seems that the private sphere makes strategic use of (public) resources and forum shopping for its investigations into and settlements of internal crime within companies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2014
EventAnnual conference of the European Society of Criminology - Prague
Duration: 10 Sep 201413 Sep 2014

Conference

ConferenceAnnual conference of the European Society of Criminology
CityPrague
Period10/09/1413/09/14

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