The Crime of Maldevelopment: Economic Deregulation and Violence in the Global South, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Crime of Maldevelopment

Economic Deregulation and Violence in the Global South, 1st Edition

By María Laura Böhm


238 pages

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This book explores the causal relationship between the deregulation of international economic interests and the forms of violence that prevail in a large part of the Global South. More specifically, this book tells the story of how transnational corporations benefitting from increasing deregulation of their international economic interests, account for severe harm, the unrelenting violation of human rights, and maldevelopment in Latin America. Dependent on the structural deficiencies of the Latin American region, this book tests the examples of the extractive industries and multinational expansionism and the link between deregulated economies at the international level and the damaging local effects that increase what is here called maldevelopment.

Introducing the conceptual category of maldevelopment to criminology, the author makes recommendations for further research and outlines a network of possible mechanisms for its prevention and sanction - and for the work of reparation and construction towards the satisfaction of the needs of the victim or victimizable populations. This provocative and original text will be essential reading for those concerned with white collar crime and crimes of the powerful, and for researchers in criminology, sociology, law, political science, development studies and international political economy.

Table of Contents


1. The Latin American Economy, and the Political and Criminal-Political Context

2. Visible and Invisible Violence According to Johan Galtung

3. Seeing Invisible Violence – Case Studies from Mexico, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina

4. Linking Economy and Visible Violence – Case Studies from Guatemala, Brazil, Peru and Honduras

5. The Vicious Circle of Deregulated International Businesses and Violence

7. The Crime of Maldevelopment as a Needed Conceptual Category of Criminology

Approaching the Crime of Maldevelopment - Conclusion and Starting Point


About the Author

María Laura Böhm is an Argentine-German lawyer at the University of Buenos Aires, and a criminologist at both the National University of Lomas de Zamora in Argentina and the University of Hamburg in Germany. She obtained her PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Hamburg (with the support of a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation) and was Post-Doc Researcher (with a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Starting in 2015, she became a fulltime DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Long-Term Guest Professor at the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires. Her main research interests are the link between criminogenic conditions, economy, transnational corporations and human rights in Latin America, violence and maldevelopment, as well as criminal and security policies.

About the Series

Crimes of the Powerful

Crimes of the Powerful encompasses the harmful, injurious, and victimizing behaviors perpetrated by privately or publicly operated businesses, corporations, and organizations as well as the state mediated administrative, legalistic, and political responses to these crimes.

The series draws attention to the commonalities of the theories, practices, and controls of the crimes of the powerful. It focuses on the overlapping spheres and inter-related worlds of a wide array of existing and recently developing areas of social, historical, and behavioral inquiry into the wrongdoings of multinational organizations, nation-states, stateless regimes, illegal networks, financialization, globalization, and securitization.

These examinations of the crimes of the powerful straddle a variety of related disciplines and areas of academic interest, including studies in criminology and criminal justice; law and human rights; conflict, peace, and security; economic change, environmental decay, and global sustainability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society