Sandra S. Evans is Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Program and the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1981. Her recent research has focused on cross-cultural perspectives of the severity of crime.
Newspaper Coverage of Corporate Price-Fixing
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 529–542, November 1983
How to Cite
EVANS, S. S. and LUNDMAN, R. J. (1983), Newspaper Coverage of Corporate Price-Fixing. Criminology, 21: 529–542. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1983.tb00278.x
AUTHORS' NOTE: An earlier version of this article was presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, August, 1980. We thank Diane Vaughan and two anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions.
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Among the reasons common corporate crimes such as price-fixing lack the “brimstone smell” of common street crimes such as burglary is that newspapers fail to provide frequent, prominent, or criminally oriented coverage of corporate crime. This certainly was true of newspaper coverage of the heavy electrical equipment antitrust cases of 1961. Replicative analysis reveals that this also was true of newspaper coverage of the folding-carton industry antitrust cases of 1976. Reasons for this continued lack of coverage are discussed, including the diffuse harm characteristic of price-fixing, the general lack of recognition that corporations are juristic persons capable of criminal deviance, and the disinclination of large organizations to link other large organizations with criminality.