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Public Welfare Offenses
Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law (2014)
  • Darryl K. Brown

This chapter provides an overview, historical account and critical analysis of Anglo-American public welfare offenses, meaning strict liability crimes generally employed for regulatory purposes. As an explanation for the greater prevalence of these strict liability regulatory crimes in England and the U.S. compared to other jurisdictions, the chapter points to, among other factors, the evolving scope of social duties in modernity and traditional Anglo-American limits on central state administrative capacity.

  • Public welfare offenses,
  • strict liability
Publication Date
Markus Dubber & Tatjana Hörnle
Oxford University Press
Citation Information
Darryl K. Brown. "Public Welfare Offenses" New York & OxfordOxford Handbook of Criminal Law (2014)
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