Private police legitimacy: The case of internal investigations by fraud examiners
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionPolicing : an International Journal of Police Strategies and Managment. 2017, 40 (3), 628-640. 10.1108/PIJPSM-04-2016-0053
Fraud examiners in white-collar crime investigations represent private policing of financial crime. Examiners in crime investigations reconstruct the past to create an account of who did what to make it happen or let it happen. This article addresses the following research question: What is the legitimacy of private policing by fraud examiners? A number of critical issues based on institutional theory and social psychology issues are discussed, that question the legitimacy of private policing of financial crime.