Every year a staggering number of unidentified shell corporations succeed in hiding perpetrators of terrorist financing, corruption and illegal arms trades, but the degree to which firms flout global identification standards remains unknown. Adopting a unique, experimental methodology, Global Shell Games attempts to unveil the sordid world of anonymous shell corporations. Posing as twenty-one different international consultants, the authors approached nearly 4,000 services in over 180 countries to discover just how easy it is to form an untraceable company. Combining rigorous quantitative analysis, qualitative investigation of responses and lurid news reports, this book makes a significant research contribution to compliance with international law and international crime and terrorism whilst offering a novel, new approach to the field of political science research. Global Shell Games is an invaluable resource for scholars of international relations, and a fascinating, accessible read for anyone interested in learning about worldwide criminal practice in corporate finance.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series , #128|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
Daniel Nielson is Director of the Political Economy and Development Lab at Brigham Young University, where he is also Associate Professor of Political Science. He is a founder and principal investigator of AidData. He received his PhD in international affairs from the University of California, San Diego in 1997. He has been a visiting scholar at Duke University, the College of William and Mary, and the Centro de Investigaci�n y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico. He has been a principal investigator on major grants from the US National Science Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and UNICEF.
Jason Sharman is Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University, Australia. His research focuses on the global regulation of corruption and money laundering and tax havens, as well as empires and sovereignty. Sharman's earlier books include The Money Laundry: Regulating Criminal Finance in the Global Economy (2011), Corruption and Money Laundering: A Symbiotic Relationship (with David Chaikin, 2009) and Havens in a Storm: The Struggle For Global Tax Regulation (2006). He has worked as a consultant for the Financial Action Task Force on money laundering and the World Bank/United Nations Stolen Assets Recovery initiative.
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Introduction; 2. Explaining the global shell game; 3. Overall compliance, tax havens, OECD and developing countries; 4. Corruption and terrorism; 5. Laws and standards; 6. Penalties, norms, and US origin; 7. Conclusion; References; Appendices.