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Routledge Handbook of Transnational Organized Crime

ISBN 9781138909441
Published March 19, 2015 by Routledge
574 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Transnational organized crime crosses borders, challenges States, exploits individuals, pursues profit, wrecks economies, destroys civil society, and ultimately weakens global democracy. It is a phenomenon that is all too often misunderstood and misrepresented. This handbook attempts to redress the balance, by providing a fresh and interdisciplinary overview of the problems which transnational organized crime represents. The innovative aspect of this handbook is not only its interdisciplinary nature but also the dialogue between international academics and practitioners that it presents.

The handbook seeks to provide the definitive overview of transnational organized crime, including contributions from leading international scholars as well as emerging researchers. The work starts by examining the origins, concepts, contagion and evolution of transnational organized crime and then moves on to discuss the impact, governance and reactions of governments and their agencies, before looking to the future of transnational organized crime, and how the State will seek to respond.

Providing a cutting edge survey of the discipline, this work will be essential reading for all those with an interest in this dangerous phenomenon.

Table of Contents

Introduction F. Allum and S. Gilmour  Section I: Theories, Concepts, Definitions and Laws  1. Transnational Organized Crime as a Security Concept Helena Carrapico  2. Transnational Organized Crime: Thinking in and Out of Plato's Cave Petrus C. van Duyne and Mark D. H. Nelemans  3. Transnational Organized Crime and Social Sciences Myths William J Chambliss and Elizabeth Williams  4. A Survey of the Legal Standing of Transnational Organized Crime Joseph Wheatley Section II: Origins and Manifestations  5. The Many Faces of Organized Crime in Europe and its Assessment Tom Vander Beken  6. The Past and Present of Transnational Organized Crime in America Mike Woodiwiss  7. Transnational Organized Crime in Russia Serguei Cheloukhine  8. Nigerian Organized Crime Stephen Ellis  9. Transnational and Organized Crime in the Indo-Asia Pacific Roderic Broadhurst, Sandy Gordon and John McFarlane  10. Black Societies and Triad-like Organized Crime in China Roderic Broadhurst  Section III: Contagion and Evolution  11. The Geography of Transnational Organized Crime: Spaces, Newtworks and Flows Tim Hall  12. The Practice of Transnational Organized Crime Klaus von Lampe  13. The Evolution of the International Drugs Trade: The Case of Colombia, 1930 - 2000 Michael Kenney  14. The Human Trafficking- Organized Crime Nexus Alexis A. Aronowitz  15. Foundations and Evolution of the Crime-Terror Nexus Tamara Makarenko  16. A Bog of Conspiracy: The Institutional Evolution of Organized Crime in the UK Dick Hobbs and Sue Hobbs  17. Responding to Transnational Organized Crimes:'Follow the Money' Margaret E Beare  Section IV: Intensity and Impact  18. Transnational Organized Crime and the Global Village Kelly Hignett  19. Transnational Organized Crime: Media, Myths and Moralities Paddy Rawlinson  20. Ethnicity, Migration and Transnational Organized Crime Jana Arsovska  21. Women and Transnational Organized Crime: The Ambigious Case of the Italian Mafias Alessandra Dino  22. Transnational Organized Crime and Alternative Culture Industry Jason Pine  Section V: Governance  23. Civil Society and Transnational Organized Crime: The Case of the Italian Antimafia Movement Jane Schneider and Peter Schneider  24. Human Rights and the Policing of Transnational Organized Crime Clive Harfield  25. Criminalising People Smuggling: Preventing or Globalizing Harm? Leanne Weber and Michael Grewcock  26. The State and Transnational Organized Crime: the Case of Small Arms Trafficking Dawn L. Rothe and Jeffrey Ian Ross  27. Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism Angela Gendron  28. Go with the Flow and Undo the Knots: Intelligence and Interconnectivity in Transnational Orgnaized Crime Policing Monica den Boer  29. Friends with Shared Aims? UK Experience Targeting Crime Overseas with Partner States - the Need, the Roles and the Issue Mark Bishop  30. The Endangered Empire: American Responses to Transnational Organized Crime  Robert J. Kelly and Sharona A. Levy  Section VI: Reaction and Future  31. Local Policing and Transnational Organized Crime  Stan Gilmour and Robert France  32. The Fight against Transnational Organized Crime in Italy: What Can we Learn? Armando D'Alterio  33. Mind the (information) Gap: Making Sense of the European Union's Strategic Approach to Transnational Organized Crime Ben Goold  34. The Fight against Transnational Organized Crime in Russa Alexandra V. Orlova  35. The Threat of Harm by Transnational Organized Criminals: A US Perspective David A. Marvelli and James O. Finckenauer  36. The Fight against Transnational Organized Crime in the Indo Asia Pacific: An Australian Perspective   

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Felia Allum is a lecturer in Politics and Italian at the University of Bath, UK where she is also politics section coordinator. Her research interests are organized crime, Italian and European politics. She has published various articles on these topics in English, French and Italian academic journals as well her book, Camorristi, Businessmen and Politicians, the transformation of organized crime in post war Naples (Leeds, Maney Publisher, 2006). She is co-convenor of the ECPR standing group on organised crime and a founding associate editor of the Journal of Global Crime (Routledge).

Stan Gilmour is a Detective Chief Inspector with Thames Valley Police, UK, where he is a major crime Senior Investigating Officer and the force’s Lead Officer for kidnap and extortion investigations. His research interests are focused on policing and include the role of trust, equality, and fairness in service delivery, and on examining the policing response to organized criminals. He has published articles on these topics in academic journals.


"Given the pernicious effects of transnational organized crime (TOC) on the very fabric of economic, social, and political life of modern nation states, the handbook edited by Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour is a much welcome effort in researching and theorizing contemporary forms of criminal behavior. It is a landmark publication that provides in-depth definitions of key terms and their application in academia and policymaking, analyzes origins and manifestations of TOC, evaluates the contagion and evolution of specific criminal forms and criminal groups, and assesses the effectiveness of law enforcement and crime control programs in various locations and various time periods."–Yuliya G. Zabyelina, Masaryk University