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The Making of Criminal Law Norms in Welfare States: Economic Crime in West Germany

Joachim J. Savelsberg
Law & Society Review
Vol. 21, No. 4 (1987), pp. 529-562
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053595
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053595
Page Count: 33
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The Making of Criminal Law Norms in Welfare States: Economic Crime in West Germany
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Abstract

Using the cognitive mapping approach, I investigate the genesis of criminal law norms against economic crime in West Germany. Four theoretical approaches can be derived from the interaction of two dimensions: differentiation versus Marxist theory, and functionalist versus conflict-group theory. Focusing on interests, anticipated functions, and conflict lines, I analyze the argumentation structures in the judicial committee of the Bundestag concerning the criminalization of price fixing in cases of public tender. The results show that the rationalities of politicians are oriented to dominance groups and power, not policy; communicative relatedness between representatives of different political parties is low; and cognitive maps are restricted and do not indicate policy rationality but legitimatory purposes.

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