Threats, Transnational Crime

Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations

In this illuminating history that spans past campaigns against piracy and slavery to contemporary campaigns against drug trafficking and transnational terrorism, Peter Andreas and Ethan Nadelmann explain how and why prohibitions and policing practices increasingly extend across borders. The
internationalization of crime control is too often described as simply a natural and predictable response to the growth of transnational crime in an age of globalization.

Andreas and Nadelmann challenge this conventional view as at best incomplete and at worst misleading. The internationalization of
policing, they demonstrate, primarily reflects ambitious efforts by generations of western powers to export their own definitions of “crime,” not just for political and economic gain but also in an attempt to promote their own morals to other parts of the world.

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The Illicit Global Economy and State Power

Threats, Transnational Crime

The Illicit Global Economy and State Power

Illicit cross-border flows, such as the smuggling of drugs, migrants, weapons, toxic waste, and dirty money, are proliferating on a global scale. This underexplored, clandestine side of globalization has emerged as an increasingly important source of conflict and cooperation among nation-states, state agents, nonstate actors, and international organizations. Contrary to scholars and policymakers who claim a general erosion of state power in the face of globalization, this pathbreaking volume of original essays explores the selective nature of the stateOs retreat, persistence, and reassertion in relation to the illicit global economy.

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