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Common Denominators in White Collar Crime: I'm Special, You're Special, Let's Fleece them in Style


  • Herrman, C. S.


Culture, cults and character are shown to be the “Three C’s” of graft and corruption. The notion of “conversation” is briefly allowed to link the perpetrator to his alter ego, victim or partner-in-crime, wherein are forged the origins of means, motive and opportunity—as also the ballast of the paper. The argument is made that a trained eye should expect the close interplay of culture and pathology, especially in matters of white collar crime, which is used throughout as the focus. By way of summary, these crimes are perpetrated by those with bipolar traits operating in a context of cultural permissiveness, and with selected tools (attitudes, e.g.) of cultural provenance.

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  • Herrman, C. S., 2008. "Common Denominators in White Collar Crime: I'm Special, You're Special, Let's Fleece them in Style," MPRA Paper 25152, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 29 Jan 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25152

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    White collar crime; Crime; Corruption; Bipolar; Mental disposition; Criminality;

    JEL classification:

    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • K14 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Criminal Law
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics


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