Global Organized Crime and International Security
Published in 1999, this book focuses on organized crime as a worldwide phenomenon that has taken great advantage of enabling technology in banking, communications and transportation to build what is probably the first true 'virtual' corporation in the world. It looks at organized crime as a threat to national and international security ironically stemming, in part, from the collapse of the Soviet empire that provided an already thriving, ruthless and well-organized system of graft, corruption and crime with a new lease of life and also unleashed it on to the world scene. Organized crime is also seen as a system of transnational alliances with the potential to destabilize democratic values and institutions; distort regional, if not worldwide, economies; and subvert the international order by allying itself with terrorist organizations, rogue states and developing countries in search of rapid industrialization and market dominance.
’...outstanding contributions...a splendid source-book which will provide an in-depth study of these forces which constitutes such an international threat today in our vulnerable world.’ The Coastal Piedmont Leader, USA ’...the individual contributions introduce a broad range of literature and source material for current students, scholars and policy-makers with an interest in organized crime.’ Security Journal '...this book provides a number of benefits to the larger literature addressing transnational organized crime. The chapters provide a wealth of empirical evidence of how transnational organized crime operates in different geographical contexts and of how it interacts with states; possible responses to the problems posed by transnational organized crime are also offered.' International Criminal Justice Review