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A Research Agenda for Organised Crime

9781802201352 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Barry Rider, Professorial Fellow, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
Publication Date: March 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 135 2 Extent: c 256 pp
This insightful Research Agenda explores the varied manifestations of organised crime, both on the street and through transnational enterprises, and reveals its impact on the integrity of the financial system. Leading academics identify measures which would disrupt and discourage these threats, however sophisticated, and consider avenues for future research.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This insightful Research Agenda explores the varied manifestations of organised crime, both on the street and through transnational enterprises, and reveals its impact on the integrity of the financial system. Leading academics identify measures which would disrupt and discourage these threats, however sophisticated, and consider avenues for future research.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the multi-faceted dangers posed by organised crime, the book begins with an overview of the misconceptions surrounding the topic, evaluating the limitations of the traditional justice system in addressing corruption and conspiracy. Progressive chapters illustrate a practical knowledge of addressing such threats, identifying new directions for the study of concepts such as organised crime and power, as well as tackling the ways in which enterprises use money laundering to clean their proceeds. They also point to ways in which the law will need to develop to address the opportunities for cyber-enabled crime facilitated by recent technological developments.

An engaging platform for future scholarship, this topical Research Agenda will prove a thought-provoking read for academics and policymakers in the areas of criminal justice law, criminology, corruption, and economic crime.
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‘The 1986 US President’s Commission on Organized Crime concluded that the problem with defining “organized crime” was not with the word crime, but rather with the word organized. In this valuable contribution to the literature on what it is agreed is a multifaceted, understudied topic, a fruitful mix of authors from academic, policy and practitioner backgrounds provide an agenda for better understanding and thus confronting organized crime. This roadmap should stimulate much needed research on a matter of global concern.’
– James O. Finckenauer, Rutgers University, US
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Contributors include: Jeffrey Bryant, Dionysios Demetis, Peter German, Shima D. Keene, Kenneth Murray, Barry Rider, Anna Sergi, Dominic Thomas James, William Tupman
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