control theory

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Concept that people tend to engage in wayward or criminal behavior unless strong moral, social, and/or retributive deterrents are in effect. In other words, they will do what they can get away with.

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The control theory was not good at all and completely full of faults and I actually thought it was a control tactic.
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If you want to try new ways to make your business more productive you can try using the control theory.
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Many proponents of capital punishment cite the control theory as the basis of their support, as they believe that the threat of execution serves as a deterrent for extreme illegal behavior.
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