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Crime and the Global Political Economy

H. Richard Friman, editor
Crime and the Global Political Economy
ISBN: 978-1-58826-676-7
ISBN: 978-1-58826-742-9
2009/215 pages/LC: 2008047881
International Political Economy Yearbook, Vol. 16
"An important contribution to our understanding of global crime and illicit flows across borders."—Bradford Dillman, University of Puget Sound


Crime has gone global. Conventional explanations point to ways in which criminals have exploited technological innovations, deregulation, and free markets to triumph over state sovereignty. Crime and the Global Political Economy reveals a more complex reality.

Taking as a point of departure the fact that state and societal actors are challenged by—and complicit in—the expansion of criminal activities on a global scale, the authors demonstrate that the political, economic, and normative agendas of those actors lead to selective criminalization and diverse patterns of compliance with prohibition regimes. Crime, they convincingly argue, is an integral part of globalization, rather than simply its underside. Their work not only expands our understanding of global crime, but also pushes forward the boundaries of mainstream IPE on issues of globalization, transnational relations, governance, and sovereignty


H. Richard Friman is professor of political science at Marquette University. His publications include Human Trafficking, Human Security, and the Balkans (coedited with Simon Reich) and NarcoDiplomacy: Exporting the US War on Drugs.


  • Crime and Globalization—H.R. Friman.
  • The Internationalization of Crime Control—P. Andreas and E. Nadelmann.
  • Crime, Sovereignty, and the Offshore World—R. Palan.
  • Externalizing the Costs of Prohibition—H.R. Friman.
  • Illicit Commerce in Peripheral States—W. Reno.
  • Enabling Norms and Human Trafficking—J.T. Picarelli.
  • Governing Finance in the War on Terror—M. de Goede.
  • Immigrants and Organized Crime—H. Schwartz.
  • Drug Trafficking and the State in Mexico—M. Serrano
  • Social Research, Knowledge, and Criminal Power—J.H. Mittelman.
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