1st Edition

The Illicit and Illegal in Regional and Urban Governance and Development Corrupt Places

Edited By Francesco Chiodelli, Tim Hall, Ray Hudson Copyright 2018
    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Discussions of the illicit and the illegal have tended to be somewhat restricted in their disciplinary range, to date, and have been largely confined to the literatures of anthropology, criminology, policing and, to an extent, political science. However, these debates have impinged little on cognate literatures, not least those of urban and regional studies which remain almost entirely undisturbed by such issues. This volume aims to open up debates across a range of cognate disciplines.

    The Illicit and Illegal in Regional and Urban Governance and Development is a multidisciplinary volume that aims to open up these debates, extending them empirically and questioning the dominant discussions of governance and development that have been rooted largely or entirely in the realm of licit and legal actors. The book investigates these issues with reference to a variety of different geographical contexts, including, but not limited to, places traditionally considered to be associated with illegal activities and extensive illicit markets, such as some regions in the so-called Global South. The chapters consider the ways in which these questions deeply affect the daily lives of several cities and regions in some advanced countries. Their comparative perspectives will demonstrate that the illicit and the illegal are an underappreciated structural aspect of current urban and regional governance and development across the globe.

    The book is an edited collection of research-informed essays, which will primarily be of interest to those taking advanced undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses in human geography, urban and regional planning and a range of social science disciplines that have an interest in urban and regional issues and issues related to crime and corruption.

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    Chapter 1

    Grey Governance and the Development of Cities and Regions: The Variable Relationship Between (Il)legal and (Ill)licit

    Francesco Chiodelli, Tim Hall, Ray Hudson and Stefano Moroni

    Chapter 2

    Drug trafficking in the Sahara Desert: follow the money and find land grabbing

    Luca Raineri

    Chapter 3

    Invisible journeys across India-Bangladesh borders and bubbles of corrupt networks: stories of cross-border rural-urban migration and economic linkages

    Hosna J Shewly and Md Nadiruzzaman

    Chapter 4

    Gangsters, guerrillas and the rise of a shadow state in East Timor

    James Scambary

    Chapter 5

    Criminal networks, youth street groups and illicit territorial regulation in Moscow and Tbilisi

    Svetlana Stephenson and Evgeniya Zakharova

    Chapter 6

    Illegal enterprises and the city: when territorial control is an issue of urban governance Lessons from Medellín, Colombia

    Laure Leibler

    Chapter 7

    Mobs, Sucanchiuostru, Anti-Communists: Global and Local Actors in the Sack of Palermo

    Vincenzo Scalia

    Chapter 8

    Filling governance and development vacuums: a role for development actors or criminal groups?

    Sasha Jesperson

    Chapter 9

    Planning for Marijuana: Development, Governance, and Regional Political Economy

    Michael Polson

    Chapter 10

    Embedding illegality, or when the illegal becomes licit: planning cases and urban transformations in Rome

    Barbara Pizzo and Edoardo Altavilla

    Chapter 11

    Building legitimacy through the spatial aesthetics of the illic


    Francesco Chiodelli is Senior Research Fellow at Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy.

    Tim Hall is Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Studies and Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Winchester, UK.

    Ray Hudson is Professor of Geography at Durham University, UK.

    "The diverse and rich contents of the book – which have been briefly re-called in this review – makes it suitable for a large audience, both in and outside the academic field. On the one hand, scholars and students from different disciplines, e.g. sociology, criminology, economics, political science, international relations, as well as geography of course, could find many empirical and analytical elements of interests in the volume. On the other hand, the book can also provide useful infor-mation and suggestions to public officers and policy makers for political projects and for the definition of new tools in fighting against criminal phenomena. Finally, the book could also rouse the attention of journalists and media commentators, considering the flurry international public debate about the drivers and the effects of the illicit and the illegal." - Joselle Dagnes, University of Torino