Published in 1999, this book focuses on organized crime as a worldwide phenomenon that has taken great advantage of enabling technology in banking, communications and transportation to build what is probably the first true 'virtual' corporation in the world. It looks at organized crime as a threat to national and international security ironically stemming, in part, from the collapse of the Soviet empire that provided an already thriving, ruthless and well-organized system of graft, corruption and crime with a new lease of life and also unleashed it on to the world scene. Organized crime is also seen as a system of transnational alliances with the potential to destabilize democratic values and institutions; distort regional, if not worldwide, economies; and subvert the international order by allying itself with terrorist organizations, rogue states and developing countries in search of rapid industrialization and market dominance.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Transnational Organized Crime: The Globalization of Crime 1. The Evolution of Espionage Networks and the Crisis of International Terrorism and Global Organized Crime, Joseph L. Albini, R.E. Rogers and Julie Anderson 2. The European Union and Organized Crime: Fighting a New Enemy with Many Tentacles, Monica Den Boer 3. Confronting Transnational Crime, Peter B. Martin Part 2: The Case Studies 4. The Infiltration of Organized Crime in Emilia-Romagna Region: Possible Interpretations for a New Social Defence, Augusto Balloni, Roberta Bisi, Andrea Forlivesi, Flavio Mazzucato and Raffaella Sette 5. Transnational Organized Crime in Spain: Structural Factors Explaining its Penetration, Carlos Resa-Nestares 6. Global Organized Crime in Latvia and the Baltics, Andrejs Vilks and Dainis Bergmanis 7. Opening and Closing the 49th Parallel: Responses to Free Trade and to Trans-Border Crime in Canada since 1989, Ian Taylor 8. Contested Jurisdiction Border Communities and Cross-Border Crime - The Case Akwesasne, Ruth Jamieson 9. The Use of the Shining Path Myth in the Context of the All-Out War Against the Narco-Guerilla, Rodolfo Mendoza Nakamura 10. Organized Crime in Russia: Domestic and International Problems, Yakov Gilinskiy 11. Regionalism and Expansion: The Growth of Organized Crime in East Siberia, Anna L. Repetskaya 12. Alienation and Female Criminality: The Case of Puerto Rico, Zuleika Vidal Rodriguez Part 3: Public Policy and Interventions 13. Criminal Financial Investigations: A Strategic and Tactical Approach in the European Dimension, Petrus C. Van Duyne and Mike Levi 14. Mafia-Type Organizations: The Restoration of Rights as a Preventive Policy, Maria Luisa Cesoni 15. Repeal Drug Prohibition and End the Financing of International Crime, Arthur Berney 16. The Criminal Justice System Facing the Challenges of Organized Crime, Emilio C. Viano.
’...outstanding contributions...a splendid source-book which will provide an in-depth study of these forces which constitutes such an international threat today in our vulnerable world.’ The Coastal Piedmont Leader, USA ’...the individual contributions introduce a broad range of literature and source material for current students, scholars and policy-makers with an interest in organized crime.’ Security Journal '...this book provides a number of benefits to the larger literature addressing transnational organized crime. The chapters provide a wealth of empirical evidence of how transnational organized crime operates in different geographical contexts and of how it interacts with states; possible responses to the problems posed by transnational organized crime are also offered.' International Criminal Justice Review