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Crime and Corruption in New Democracies: The Politics of (In)Security [NOOK Book]

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Covering countries as diverse as Brazil and Guatemala, Thailand, Russia and occupied Iraq, this book examines the way democratization may lead to changes in crime. Case studies examine violent and sexual crime and their links to political change. The book also explores the way democracy itself may generate cycles of violence sometimes greater than the previous regime as states adopt hard-line policies to crime. However, the author sets democracy and crime in perspective, arguing that organized crime is not the ...
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Crime and Corruption in New Democracies: The Politics of (In)Security

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Overview

Covering countries as diverse as Brazil and Guatemala, Thailand, Russia and occupied Iraq, this book examines the way democratization may lead to changes in crime. Case studies examine violent and sexual crime and their links to political change. The book also explores the way democracy itself may generate cycles of violence sometimes greater than the previous regime as states adopt hard-line policies to crime. However, the author sets democracy and crime in perspective, arguing that organized crime is not the threat to democracy many policy makers and academics claim. Generally, whilst crime and corruption are changed by democratization and crime may rise markedly, democracies are remarkably resilient. This book also examines democratization and corruption, and provides a new perspective on the relationship between the two, arguing that political power has been sidelined in explanations of corruption.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230317970
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 462 KB

Meet the Author

JON MORAN is Reader in Security at the University of Leicester, UK. His previous books include Policing the Peace in Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2008), and (edited with Mark Phythian) Intelligence, Security and Policing Post-9/11 (Palgrave, 2008).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 
Introduction 
Democratization and the Decentralization of Crime and Corruption 
Democratization and Political Corruption: Bringing Politics Back In 
Learning to Live Without Fear: Organised Crime and Democratization 
Violent Democracies: Cycles of Crime, Politics and Violence   
Legacies of Violence: Murder and Violent Crime in El Salvador and Guatemala 
State Collapse, Democratization and Informal Power in Iraq
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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