The Scope of Criminal Law and Criminal Sanctions

Publication Type: Journal

Commissioned by: Applied Economics, 2010 (published online 15 September 2010)

Principal Investigator/lead organisation: Bowles R., Faure M. & Garoupa N

‘The Scope of Criminal Law and Criminal Sanctions: An Economic View and Policy Implications’, Journal of Law and Society, 2008, 35(3), 389-416, The division between civil and criminal law in the English legal system may seem stark. But there have been many instances in recent years, particularly in the environmental and financial market regulation fields, of a tendency to ‘criminalise’ activities that previously were not crimes. An economic perspective on these changes in the mix of enforcement sanctions illustrates that while some may make sense perspective others are best regarded as the product of politically-motivated decisions.

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