1st Edition

Transnational Crime and Policing Selected Essays

By James Sheptycki Copyright 2011

    This collection of essays on transnational crime and policing covers a broad range of themes: the relationship between global policing and the transnational-state-system; the impact of advanced technologies on policing practice; the changing morphology of occupational policing subculture; and the transnational practices of police agencies. The essays include case studies and are based on empirical fieldwork that began in the early 1990s and continued for over a decade well into the post 9-11 period. This collection also provides valuable accounts of the 'secret social world' of transnational police, demonstrates that the developmental trajectory of transnational practices was already established prior to the 'age of Homeland Security' and addresses the controversial issue of how transnational policing in all of its complex manifestations might be made politically accountable in the interests of the general global commonwealth.

    Contents: Foreword; Introduction, Karine Côté-Boucher; Part I Theoretical Beginnings: Police; Transnational policing and the makings of a postmodern state; Law enforcement, justice and democracy in the transnational arena: reflections on the war on drugs; Policing, postmodernism and transnationalization; The global cops cometh: reflections on transnationalization, knowledge work and policing subculture. Part II: Field Studies in Transnational Policing: Reflections on the transnationalization of policing: the case of the RCMP and serial killers; European policing routes: an essay on transnationalization, policing and the information revolution; Police co-operation in the English Channel region, 1968-1996; Patrolling the new European (in)security field: organizational dilemmas and operational solutions for policing the internal borders of Europe. Part III Accountability for Transnational Policing: Accountability across the policing field: towards a general cartography of accountability for postmodern policing; The accountability of transnational policing institutions: the strange case of Interpol; Global law enforcement as a protection racket: some sceptical notes on transnational organized crime as an object of global governance; Transnational crime and transnational policing; Criminology and the transnational condition: a contribution to political sociology. Part IV Future Trajectories: Future trajectories: from detection to disruption: intelligence and the changing logics of police crime control in the United Kingdom (with Martin Innes); The governance of organized crime in Canada; Organizational pathologies in police intelligence systems: some contributions to the lexicon of intelligence-led policing; High policing in the security control society; Policing, intelligence theory and the new human security paradigm: some lessons from the field; Afterword; Bibliography; Name index.


    James Sheptycki is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Science, York University, Canada