An Introduction to Political Crime

An Introduction to Political Crime

by Jeffrey Ian Ross


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Jeffrey Ian Ross here provides a comprehensive analysis of political crime, addressing violent and nonviolent crimes committed by and against the state—including political corruption, illegal domestic surveillance, and human rights violations—in the United States and other industrialized democracies since the 1960s. He explores various aspects of the issue, including its causes, ways to control it, and the effects of different types of political crime. Integrating new scholarship on state crime in the wake of 9/11, Ross uses numerous examples to help readers understand this complex issue.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847426802
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Ian Ross is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and a research fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of sixteen books.

Table of Contents

List of boxes, figures and tables
About the author
Foreword by David O. Friedrichs

1. Introduction
2. Theoretical explanations of political crime
3. Oppositional political crimes
4. Nonviolent oppositional political crimes
5. Violent oppositional political crimes: assassination, riot, sabotage, subversion, and terrorism
6. State crime
7. Political corruption
8. Illegal domestic surveillance
9. Human rights violations
10. State violence
11. State-corporate crime
12. Conclusion: controlling oppositional and state crime


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