The Politics of Organised Crime
Theory and Practice
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Organized crime has become one of most prominent international security concerns of our age. Nevertheless, international efforts to combat it have often been criticized as inadequate, ineffective and illiberal. Repeated calls have been made for greater international collaboration, better data collection, fairer international systems of economic exchange, more accurate and relevant threat assessments, and more humane anti-organized crime policies.
This book argues that such outlooks miss the essential political functions of the international agenda against organized crime. Combining insights from international relations and criminology, policy against organized crime is explained as a potent means by which state cohesiveness and the authority of state elites are strengthened, a means valid as much for stronger as for weaker states, internationally and domestically. Assessing the wider political impact of the agenda, the study includes an unprecedented account of resistance to it. In an age of intensifying international co-operation, an awareness of both should be indispensable.
Introduction. Part 1: Comparing Organised Crime Groups Internationally: What (or Who) is Organised Crime? Part 2: Scientism and the International Effort to Combat Organised Crime Part 3: The Logic of Threat Assessments A. Human Security B. Threats to the State Part 4: Born Rivals? Organised Crime and the State Part 5: The Political Function of the International Organised Crime Agenda: A Two-level Game Part 6: Resistance to Policy against Organised Crime. Conclusion