The Public Interest

Controlling corporate misconduct

Christopher D. Stone

Summer 1977

THE control of corporate misconduct has become one of the most significant challenges the society faces. This should be apparent even to those who regard as extravagant some of the charges directed against corporations- that the energy crisis is simply a corporate contrivance, or that the corporations are run by evil people, indifferent to the poisoning of our environment. What has not been exaggerated is the increasing importance of corporations in our lives. More and more, it is they who invent, invest, produce, distribute, and farm. As a result, a large measure of wrongdoing is inevitably corporate.

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