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Its Impact on People and Democracies

Transnational Organised Crime

Transnational Organized Crime: Analyses of a Global Challenge to Democracy edited by Heinrich-Boll tiftung and Regine Schoenberg, 2013; Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, pp 308, price not indicated.

Is organised crime an inherent feature of economic globalisation? How well do we understand its various facets such as money laundering, corruption, tax evasion, cyber crime, trade in drugs and narcotics, human and organ trafficking, mafia operations and the black economy? What kind of impact does organised crime have on people and democracies? Are the legal frameworks adequate and the judicial and social conditions conducive to contain organised crime in our countries? These are some of the questions that are dealt with in this book. The origin of the book can be traced to an international conference that the Heinrich-Boll Stiftung hosted on the subject in 2011.

The book deals with transnational organised crime (TOC) quite comprehensively. Contributions have come from 12 countries, from both the developing and developed world. As many as 25 authors from diverse specialities have added their own perspectives on TOC. The book provides a holistic picture on TOC as the contributions deal with not only the causes and effects of TOC but also its forms and historical developments. The authors represent various academic disciplines (such as political science, sociology, economics and criminology), civil society organisations and activists, journalists, politicians, and private industry. One of them monitors the intelligence service and another is a police woman. A contribution from someone from a customs enforcement background would have further enriched the book as cross-border transport of narcotics, arms and ammunitions, counterfeit goods and currency, toxic waste, endangered and prohibited species of plants and animals are very much within the purview of customs enforcement as also money laundering through overvaluation and undervaluation of internationally traded goods.

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