New PDF release: Defining and Defying Organised Crime: Discourse, Perceptions

By Felia Allum, Francesca Longo

Organized crime is now a tremendous possibility to all business and non-industrial nations. utilizing an inter-disciplinary and comparative process this publication examines the character of this danger. via analysing the prevailing, legit institutional discourse on prepared crime it examines even if it has an influence on perceptions of the hazard and at the fact of geared up crime.

The publication first a part of the e-book explores either the paradigm and the reason of coverage output within the struggle opposed to geared up crime, and in addition exposes the customarily ‘hidden’ inner assumptions embedded in coverage making. the second one half examines the perceptions of geared up crime as expressed by way of a number of actors, for instance, most of the people within the Balkans and in Japan, the felony justice procedure in united states and circles in the foreign medical neighborhood. ultimately, the 3rd half presents an total research into the realities of prepared crime with chapters that survey its empirical manifestations in numerous components of the realm.

This e-book could be of curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, criminology, safety reviews and practitioners.

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Jamieson (1995), for example, states that ‘by the mid-1990s there could be few regions of the world untouched by Italian Mafia pressure or influence surveillance of particular criminal organizations and their activities in and across different nation states’ (quoted in Edwards and Gill 2002a: 207). Conversely, there is a group of scholars who believe that the scope of organized crime groups and activities remains contained within local territories. Hobbs (1998), among others, stresses the local character of the actual organized criminal relations rather than their transnational form.

Giovanni Falcone (Falcone and Padovani 1993) described the operational link strategy4 which he discovered during his investigations of the Sicilian Mafia whose aims were to rationalize the use of the Mafia’s economic and human resources and activity in a globalized economy. The drawing up of the pax mafiosa (Sterling 1994) between national organized crime groups went beyond the phase of conflicts to established cooperative relationships based on the division of labour, areas of influence and common strategies on some issues such as global money-laundering activities and illicit financial transactions.

The concept of ‘transnational’ refers to the nature of the committed offences, rather than to the nature of the organized group and it is used to define the ‘scope of application’ of the Convention in article 3. This states that This Convention shall apply … to the prevention, investigation and prosecution of … serious crime as defined in article 2 of this Convention, where the offence is transnational in nature and involves an organized criminal group …; an offence is transnational in nature if: (a) It is committed in more than one State; (b) It is committed in one State but a substantial part of its preparation, planning, direction or control takes place in another State; (c) It is committed in one State but involves an organized criminal group that engages in criminal activities in more than one State; or (d) It is committed in one State but has substantial effects in another State.

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