Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and Corruption / Edition 1

Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and Corruption / Edition 1

by Margaret E. Beare
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802081908

ISBN-13: 9780802081902

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Transnational crime, organized crime, money laundering and corruption are four concepts that have gained and continue to gain an international and domestic profile. Is the information given to the public concerning these concepts distorted by the vested interests of some politicians, media, police, and international organizations whose existence or enhanced

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Transnational crime, organized crime, money laundering and corruption are four concepts that have gained and continue to gain an international and domestic profile. Is the information given to the public concerning these concepts distorted by the vested interests of some politicians, media, police, and international organizations whose existence or enhanced resources depend on the perception that there is an ever-growing 'threat'? Countries are expected to react to organized crime and corruption in a uniform manner based upon various agreements, conventions, and accords, but at what cost are these enforcement measures applied, and do they in fact effectively address the specific criminal activity?

Internationally renowned contributors offer a wide range of challenges to the commonly-held views on transnational crime, including a historical piece that looks at how we arrived at current accepted interpretations of organized crime; recent analysis of the failure in both theory and practice of the war on money laundering; a call for a clearer evaluation of white collar and corporate crimes; and an analysis of the impact of foreign policies on foreign jurisdictions - all in the name of the 'drug war.' Theoretical essays are balanced with empirical studies that examine organized crime in terms of its lack of structure, lack of permanent commitment to specific crime, and lack of the accumulated wealth that has become the target of anti-money laundering crusades. At present, transnational crime, organized crime, money laundering, and corruption are no longer seen as separate entities, but are all too often combined as a 'package' believed to be connected to and supported by terrorism. While real societal threats are not discounted, Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and Corruption argues that enforcement and policy efforts must be directed towards appropriate targets, and perceived threats must be more closely evaluated to prevent an escalating rhetoric of fear and, subsequently, wasted resources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802081902
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Transnational Organized Crime: The Strange Career of an American Concept3
2Predators, Parasites, or Free-Market Pioneers: Reflections on the Nature and Analysis of Profit-Driven Crime35
3From National to Global, from Empirical to Legal: The Ambivalent Concept of Transnational Organized Crime55
4The Business of Bribery: Globalization, Economic Liberalization, and the 'Problem' of Corruption88
5Against Transnational Organized Crime120
6Discourse, Identity, and the U.S. 'War on Drugs'145
7Global Markets and Crime171
8Organized Corporate Criminality: Corporate Complicity in Tobacco Smuggling183
9The War on Drugs and the Military: The Case of Colombia207
10Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Canada: A Study of High-Level Drug Networks237
11Follow-the-Money Methods in Crime Control Policy256
Bibliography291
Contributors327
Index331

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