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2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Transnational Organized Crime

ISBN 9780367491307
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
622 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This fully revised new edition provides a definitive and holistic overview of Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) in a world in which right wing populism has gained ground, trade wars are increasing, climate change is a reality and Covid poses a challenge for years to come.

Updated to reflect the changing world environment, the book includes new chapters on issues such as criminal network analysis, environmental crime, cybercrime, people smuggling, drugs activities in the modern world, the relationship between organized crime and corruption, anti-organized crime resilience and the effectiveness of the fight against organized crime. New country case studies have also been included. The handbook is presented in six sections:

• Concepts, theories and laws

• Origins and manifestations

• Contagion and evolution

• Intensity and impact

• Governance

• Reaction and future  

Truly interdisciplinary in nature, the handbook features contributions from an international team of experts, working in different academic disciplines and within varied law enforcement agencies. It will appeal to scholars, policymakers and practitioners in International Law, Global Governance, International Political Economy and Security Studies.

Table of Contents


Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour

PART I Concepts, theories and laws

Chapter 1 Reflections on Transnational organized crime as a security concept

Helena Farrand Carrapico

Chapter 2 Transnational criminal networks

David Bright and Aadrian Leiva

Chapter 3 Transnational organized crime: a survey of laws, policies and international conventions

Joseph Wheatley

PART II Origins and manifestations

Chapter 4 The many faces of organized crime in Europe and its assessment.

Tom Vander Beken and Jelle Janssens

Chapter 5 The past and present of transnational organized crime in America

Michael Woodiwiss and Mary Young

Chapter 6 Transnational organized crime and corruption in Russia

Serguei Cheloukhine, Vitaliy Khan and Nessibeli Kalkaeva

Chapter 7 Nigerian organized crime

Stephen Ellis

Chapter 8 Vietnamese organized crime

David Silverstone

Chapter 9 Black societies and triad-like organized crime in China

Roderick Broadhurst and Lena Zhong

PART III Contagion and Evolution

Chapter 10 The economic geographies of transnational organised crime

Tim Hall and Rod Hudson

Chapter 11 The practice of transnational organized crime

Klaus Von Lampe

Chapter 12 Horizon scanning of global drug markets

James Windle

Chapter 13 The human trafficking-organised crime nexus

Alexis A Aronowitz and M. E Veldhuizen

Chapter 14 Foundations and evolution of the crime-terror nexus

Tamara Makarenko

Chapter 15 Transnational organised environmental crime

Lieselot Bisschop and Karin van Wingerde

Chapter 16 Responding to transnational organized crimes: ‘follow the money’

Margaret Beare

Part IV Intensity and Impact

Chapter 17 Transnational organised crime and the global village

Kelly Hignett

Chapter 18 Cybercrime and transnational organised criminal activity

David Wall

Chapter 19 Ethnicity, mobility and transnational organized crime

Jana Arsovska

Chapter 20 Women and transnational organized crime: the ambiguous case of the Italian mafias

Alessandra Dino

Part V Governance

Chapter 21 Italians mafias and the Antimafia movement

Jane Schneider and Peter Schneider

Chapter 22 Human rights and the policing of transnational organized crime

Robert Currie and Sarah Douglas

Chapter 23 Rethinking migrant smuggling through data

Gabriella Sanchez

Chapter 24 The State Before Criminal Firearms

Alessandra Russo and Francesco Buscemi

Chapter 25 Cyber’ – the ‘Digital’ Gold for Nigerian criminals

Sheelagh Brady

Chapter 26 Go with the Flow and Undo the Knots: ‘Nodal’ Policing Against TOC

Monica Den Boer

Chapter 27 Corruption and transnational organised crime

Heather Marquette and Caryn Peiffer

PART VI Reaction and Future

Chapter 28 Community resilience to organized crime: building back better

Siria Gastelum and Ian Tennant

Chapter 29 The fight against transnational organised crime in Italy: What can we learn?

Armando D’Alterio and Attilio Scaglione

Chapter 30 The European Union and its strategy against Serious transnational crime (2021-2025)

Cyrille Fijnaut

Chapter 31 The fight against transnational organized crime in Russia

Alesandra Orlova

Chapter 32 The threat of harm by transnational organized criminals: a US perspective

David A. Marvelli and James O. Finckenauer

Chapter 33 The global fight against TOC: evolution of approaches and their effectiveness

Mark Shaw and Tuesday Reitano

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Felia Allum is Senior Lecturer in politics and Italian at the University of Bath, UK, and currently a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow (2018-2022).

Stan Gilmour holds a degree in criminology and politics and an MSc in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Oxford, UK. He is Senior Police Officer at Thames Valley Police, UK, and has led serious and complex criminal investigations and worked on capacity-building programmes in the UK and overseas.