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Organized Crime and Corruption Across Borders

Exploring the Belt and Road Initiative, 1st Edition

Edited by T. Wing Lo, Dina Siegel, Sharon I Kwok


312 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367142766
pub: 2019-09-27
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This book explores China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the criminogenic potential for economic, financial and socio-cultural cooperation across countries, where some are known for weak law enforcement and high levels of corruption. It examines whether these flows of capital are increasing the amount of organized crime in the newly linked regions and how law enforcement agencies are responding.

Bringing together experts across the Global South and Europe, this book considers transnational organized crime and corruption across One Belt One Road (OBOR). It examines crime and corruption in China and its international united front tactic; analyses various forms of transnational organized crime such as trafficking of illegal drugs, looted antiquities, and wildlife and counterfeit products; and presents studies on corruption and organised crime in selected OBOR countries including Russia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, and Bangladesh.

This book makes a significant contribution to the development of Southern Criminology and will also be of interest to those engaged with transnational organized crime, political economy, international relations, and Asian and Chinese studies.

Table of Contents


  1. One Belt, One Road and the Process of OBORization
  2. T Wing Lo, Dina Siegel and Sharon I. Kwok

    Part A: China 1990 to 2018

  3. The Post-Tiananmen Decade: Prices Paid for China’s Economic Growth
  4. T Wing Lo

  5. Control of Grand Corruption and Triad Crime in China
  6. T. Wing Lo, Li Li and Sharon I. Kwok

  7. A Hardboiled Belt and Road: Backlash to the UN-Bribes-for-OBOR Scandals
  8. Daniel Garrett

    Part B: Transnational Crime along the Belt and Road

  9. Transnational Crime in Asia: Illicit Markets and Innovation
  10. Roderic Broadhurst

  11. Crime, Corruption, and Collateral Damage: Large Infrastructure Projects as a Threat to Cultural Heritage
  12. Simon Mackenzie and Donna Yates

  13. Chinese Wildlife Trafficking Networks along the Silk Road
  14. Daan van Uhm

  15. Protected Wildlife on the One Belt, One Road: A Case Study of Illegal Tiger Skins Trade
  16. Rebecca Wong

    Part C: Organized Crime and Corruption in OBOR Countries

  17. Organized Crime in Contemporary Russia
  18. Yakov Gilinskiy and Dina Siegel

  19. Organized Crime in Kazakhstan
  20. Dina Siegel and Zhaniya Turlubekova

  21. Corruption and Anti-Corruption in Lithuania
  22. Algimantas Čepas and Aleksandras Dobryninas

  23. Organized Crime in the Czech Republic
  24. Miroslav Scheinost

  25. Organized Crime in Poland and its Control from a Central European Perspective
  26. Emil W. Plywaczewski

  27. Organized Crime and Corruption in Bangladesh
  28. A. B. M. Najmus Sakib


  29. The Possible Outcome of OBORization

T Wing Lo and Daniel Garrett

About the Editors

T Wing Lo is Head and Professor of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong.

Dina Siegel is Professor of Criminology and Chair of the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Sharon Ingrid Kwok is Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South

Crime and justice studies, as with much social science, has concentrated mainly on problems in the metropolitan centres of the Global North, while Asia and the Global South have remained largely invisible in criminological thinking. This research series aims to redress this imbalance by showcasing exciting new ways of thinking and doing crime and justice research from the global periphery.

Bringing together scholarly work from a range of disciplines, from criminology, law, and sociology to psychology, cultural geography and comparative social sciences, this series offers grounded empirical research and fresh theoretical approaches and cover a range of pressing topics, including international corruption, drug use, environmental issues, sex work, organized crime, innovative models of justice, and punishment and penology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology