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The Politics and Practice of Occupational Health and Safety Law Enforcement


  • Provides an excellent resource for academics specialising in crimes of the powerful, and for national and international policy makers in the areas of regulatory enforcement policies, politics, sociology, jurisprudence and law

  • Examines the under-criminalisation of health and safety crimes and the problems when challenging public accountable institutions responsible for policing crimes of the powerful

  • Draws on qualitative research conducted with front line occupational health and safety enforcement officers in England and Italy


Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Diego Canciani
    Pages 1-31
  3. Diego Canciani
    Pages 33-85
  4. Diego Canciani
    Pages 87-123
  5. Diego Canciani
    Pages 125-136
  6. Diego Canciani
    Pages 137-172
  7. Diego Canciani
    Pages 207-228
  8. Diego Canciani
    Pages 229-261
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-300

About this book


This book takes a critical approach to examining British and Italian occupational health and safety enforcement policies and questions the legal and political principles that underpin them. The book undertakes a comparative critical analysis of these two jurisdictions’ health and safety regulatory enforcement practices by focusing on the causes and consequences of the under-criminalisation of these crimes. It explores the fundamentals of these two jurisdictions' criminal justice systems and political practices, policies and traditions and exposes how these translate into pragmatic social inequality and injustice for victims of occupational health and safety crimes and, more generally, citizens. Findings are drawn from qualitative interviews conducted with front line occupational health and safety enforcement officers. This book offers an account of the challenges encountered when attempting to scrutinise public institutions responsible for policing crimes of the powerful. The comparison of the political and criminal justice system practices, polices and traditions of the British and Italian legal systems offer a valuable critical contribution to the anglophone literature on the subject and, more generally, on regulatory enforcement policies and practices.


safety crime health crime regulatory crime Italian law English law legal systems law enforcement policy enforcement officers corporate crime crime regulation socio-legal public law safety crime

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK

About the authors

Diego Canciani is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Politics and Practice of Occupational Health and Safety Law Enforcement
  • Authors Diego Canciani
  • Series Title Critical Criminological Perspectives
  • Series Abbreviated Title Critical Criminological Perspectives
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-98508-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07501-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-98509-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 300
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Corporate Crime
    Critical Criminology
    Public Law
    Criminal Justice
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