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Narrative CriminologyUnderstanding Stories of Crime$
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Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876778

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.001.0001

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Narratives of Tax Evasion

Narratives of Tax Evasion

The Cultural Legitimacy of Harmful Behavior

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Narrative Criminology

Carlo Tognato

NYU Press

This chapter shows how European countries—coming dangerously close to defaulting on their sovereign debt—responded to the pressures of the financial markets by carrying out draconian measures to bring their national accounts under control. This event, in turn, has drawn public attention to the phenomenon of tax evasion. In particular, when Italy approached the abyss of a sovereign debt crisis toward the end of 2011, public perceptions of tax evasion in the country became more disapproving. The chapter analyzes this shift and suggests that a shift in focus to the issue of legitimation of harmful behavior in the public sphere may place narrative criminology in a better position to appreciate the geopolitical horizon of cultural standards.

Keywords:   European countries, sovereign debt, tax evasion, tax, public perceptions

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