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Transnational Organised Crime

Perspectives on Global Security, 1st Edition

Edited by Adam Edwards, Peter Gill


308 pages

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The perceived threat of 'transnational organized crime' to Western societies has been of huge interest to politicians, policy makers and social scientists over the last decade. This book considers the origins of this crime, how it has been defined and measured and the appropriateness of governments' policy responses. The contributors argue that while serious harm is often caused by transnational criminal activity - for example, the trafficking in human beings - the construction of that criminal activity as an external threat obscures the origins of these crimes in the markets for illicit goods and services within the 'threatened' societies. As such, the authors question the extent to which global crime can be controlled through law enforcement initiatives, and alternative policy initiatives are considered. The authors also question whether transnational organised crime will retain its place on the policy agendas of the United Nations and European Union in the wake of the 'War on Terror'.


'A significant contribution in the field of criminology.' - Global Crime

Table of Contents

Part 1: Origins of the Concept Part 2: Measurements and Interpretations Part 3: Case Studies Part 4: Current and Prospective Responses

About the Editors

Adam Edwards is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.

Peter Gill is Reader in Politics and Security at the School of Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University.

About the Series

Organizational Crime

This new Routledge series expands the meaning of Organizational Crime to include all criminality that can be analysed through the lenses of organization theory and the theory of the firm, thus encompassing old and new forms of organized crime. Its themes will centre on 'business as crime', but also on 'crime as business', therefore focusing on both respectable and conventional offenders, on deviant business groups as well as criminal organizations, and finally on partnerships between the two.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General