“The Whiplash Capital of the World”: Genealogy of a Compensation Myth

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Abstract

One of the most persistent refrains in the current debate about the so-called compensation culture is that the UK has become ‘the whiplash capital of Europe’ – or even, on some accounts, ‘the world’. This article explores the origins of the claim and subjects it to critical analysis and provides some wider reflections on the rhetoric employed, at the same time as placing the claim in the context of the wider debate and the UK’s ongoing civil justice reforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDamages and Compensation Culture
Subtitle of host publicationComparative Perspectives
EditorsEoin Quill, Raymond Friel
PublisherHart Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781509902040
ISBN (Print)9781849467971
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2016

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