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Publication - Professor Ken Oliphant

    “The Whiplash Capital of the World”

    Genealogy of a Compensation Myth


    Oliphant, K, 2016, ‘“The Whiplash Capital of the World”: Genealogy of a Compensation Myth’. in: Eoin Quill, Raymond Friel (eds) Damages and Compensation Culture: Comparative Perspectives. Hart Publishing


    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.

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