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Criminal Networks and Law Enforcement: Global/International Perspectives on Illicit Enterprise

ISBN13: 9780815386001
Published: July 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00

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This collection presents an analysis of illicit networks and discusses the practical implications for law enforcement and crime prevention. The authors draw on a range of methodologies and apply them to a variety of international criminological settings, from illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific to corruption networks in Ecuador and Venezuela. The book thus cuts across geographical and methodological boundaries to elucidate the opportunities and challenges that analysis of illicit networks brings to criminological research and law enforcement, as well as to demonstrate the diversity of possible approaches in the field. The work addresses the manifold aspects of how and why criminals form stable or fluid networks of cooperation, what patterns of interaction within those networks are observable in various contexts, and how they can be disrupted.

Part I of the book covers the creation of criminal networks and the factors that influence the criminals’ decision to cooperate. Part II deals with criminal networks that are involved in various types of illicit trafficking activities, thereby aiding our understanding of their composition and operation. Part III examines the formation and functioning of illicit networks in the context of political life. Finally, Part IV summarises the state of literature on illicit networks and discusses the methods of disrupting criminal groups.

The book will be a valuable resource for scholars of criminology and criminal law, law enforcement personnel, postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students of criminology.

1. ‘Introduction’ by Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Part I: Formation of Illicit Networks
2. ‘Co-Offending in Norway: A Comparative Perspective’ by Synøve N. Andersen (Statistics Norway)
3. ‘Sticking Together Under Covertness: An Evidence of Co-Offending Partnerships in Two-Mode Covert Networks’ by Chiara Broccatelli, Martin Everett and Johan Koskinen (all – University of Manchester, UK)
4. ‘Cybercrime, Money Mules and Situational Crime Prevention: Recruitment, Motives and Involvement Mechanisms’ by E.R (Rutger) Leukfeldt (NSCR, Netherlands) and E.R. (Edward) Kleemans (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Part II: Illicit Trafficking Networks
5. ‘Nigerian Women in Transit: Understanding Cooperation in a Human Trafficking Network’ by Charlotte Baarda (University of Oxford, UK)
6. ‘Transnational Organisation of Disorganised Crime: Netnography and Open-Source Analysis of Metal Detecting and Antiquities Trafficking’ by Samuel Hardy (University of Rome, Italy and University College London, UK)
7. ‘Using Routine Activity Theory to Explain Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing in the Indo-Pacific’ by Jade Lindley and Erika Techera (both – University of Western Australia)
Part III: Illicit Networks and Politics
8. ‘Meet the In-Betweeners: Exploring the Quality and Strength of Ties in the "Mafia Capitale" Network in Rome’ by Anna Sergi (University of Essex, UK)
9. ‘Exerting Political Influence through Networks: Charting the Transnational Exploitation of Public Officials by Colombian Rebels’ by Diego Dominquez Mejia and Russell Brewer (both – Flinders University, Australia)
10. ‘The Social Organisation of Treason: Anti-Nazi Networks in the Third Reich’ by Robert R. Faulkner (University of Massachusetts Amherst, US) and Eric R. Cheney (Central Washington University, US)
Part IV: Advancing the Field
10. ‘Organised Crime Research 1985-2014: Mapping Three Decades of Research Dynamics through Social Network Analysis’ by Panos Kostakos (University of Oulu, Finland
11. ‘Concluding Remarks’ by Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko (Queen Mary University of London, UK)