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Crime, punishment, and consumer protection

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Criminal law is perhaps society’s strongest technique of formal censure. By labelling an activity as “criminal” we attach to it a special stigma. Despite this, the United Kingdom (UK) has a long history of criminalising conduct that lacks the seriousness we might expect that label to involve. One area where criminal sanctions have been commonly used in the UK is consumer protection. This article argues that it is time to reconsider the role of criminal law in consumer protection and considers how alternative regimes may better-protect the consumer from business wrongdoing. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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  • Peter Cartwright, 2007. "Crime, punishment, and consumer protection," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 30(1), pages 1-20, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jcopol:v:30:y:2007:i:1:p:1-20
    DOI: 10.1007/s10603-006-9026-x
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    1. Gary S. Becker, 1974. "Crime and Punishment: An Economic Approach," NBER Chapters,in: Essays in the Economics of Crime and Punishment, pages 1-54 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. L. Wade, 1988. "Review," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 58(1), pages 99-100, July.
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    Cited by:

    1. Onyeka Osuji, 2011. "Business-to-Consumer Harassment, Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and the UK—A Distorted Picture of Uniform Harmonization?," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 437-453, December.
    2. Jane Williams & Caroline Hare, 2010. "Early Experiences of the Enforcement of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive in Scotland," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 33(4), pages 377-401, December.

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