The fight against money laundering, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, cyber crime, and the promotion of the enhancement of judicial and police cooperation in criminal matters have been at the core of the G8's actions in this field since the 1990s. This book sheds light on the nature, structure and modus operandi of the G8's specific expertise on transnational organized crime from a sociological approach in order to understand the elaboration, production and diffusion of international norms and standards. It provides a detailed analysis of an under-researched aspect of international politics: the intensification of expert-level exchanges on the international stage over the enhanced cooperation against transnational organized crime that has led to an impressive elaboration of best practices and soft law recommendations. Very few studies have focused on the experts who determine these: who they are, what their socio-professional background is, and the nature and impact of their collective work in the global fight against organized crime.
’Organised crime concerns us all, but is opaque and poorly understood. This original and perceptive book illuminates both the G8’s role in this field and its wider international treatment, drawing on hitherto unrevealed material. Its open style makes it accessible to both the scholar and anyone interested in the subject.’ Nicholas Bayne, London School of Economics and Political Science , UK '...provides an original and detailed analysis of the role of the G8 in the development of global measures against transnational organised crime, a subject area which is strikingly under-researched. It is required reading for anyone interested in the process of globalisation of criminal justice policy and a valuable addition to the literature in international relations, criminology and law in the field.' Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University of London, UK