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Brigitte Unger, Joras Ferwerda, Melissa van den Broek and Ioana Deleanu

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Brigitte Unger, Joras Ferwerda, Melissa van den Broek and Ioana Deleanu

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Brigitte Unger, Joras Ferwerda, Melissa van den Broek and Ioana Deleanu

Official government policies against money laundering in the EU have been in place for roughly 25 years, after much concerted effort and a great deal of time and money invested. This volume examines the anti-money laundering policy of the EU Member States in connection to the threat of money laundering they face.
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Preface

Redefining Res Publica

Edited by Brigitte Unger, Daan van der Linde and Michael Getzner

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Introduction

Redefining Res Publica

Brigitte Unger, Loek Groot and Daan van der Linde

This introduction aims to provide a framework to address not only the normative question on what ought to be the character and business of government (or any other public authority), but also to positively evaluate shifts between private and public roles in recent history. Historical evaluations of the balance between market, state and society may serve as an alternative for models arguing that the ‘right’ configuration exists: why did current tasks evolve the way they did, and what can be learned from the past? Changes in technology or in the economic environment (such as the emergence of the European Union and globalization) can be held responsible for shifts in the optimal allocation between the public and private sphere, but there might also be a major shift of preferences regarding what should be public or private. Although it is hard to claim that the pendulum in the division between public and private, or market and government, has begun to reverse its swing, we feel it is important to give an account of the public sector in order to better understand what is at stake.

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Conclusions

Redefining Res Publica

Brigitte Unger, Michael Getzner and Daan van der Linde

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Public or Private Goods?

Redefining Res Publica

Edited by Brigitte Unger, Daan van der Linde and Michael Getzner

The book explores the core public tasks that the state has traditionally provided but which increasingly are being privatized and subsumed by the private sector. The night-watchman state role of providing security is instead offered by private prisons and security guards. Legitimized by the argument of efficiency gains, social security including public housing, pensions, unemployment insurance and health care are all being gradually privatized. This book argues that on the basis of efficiency, morality and equality there is still an overwhelming need for public intervention – the res publica. Although the state still funds and regulates core domains, it provides fewer and fewer visible goods. The authors show how this apparent invisibility of the state presents serious challenges for both income equality and democracy.
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Killian J. McCarthy, Frederik van Doorn and Brigitte Unger

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Brigitte Unger and Joras Ferwerda

This chapter presents a Walker gravity model to calculate the amount of money laundering threat for 27 EU Member States. It is found that the threat of money laundering is greatest in the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and other west-European countries, as a result of their relatively sophisticated financial markets, their relatively high GDP per capita levels, their trade, as well as cultural links to a wide range of proceeds of crime-generating countries. The picture changes dramatically, however, when expressed as a percentage of each country's GDP. The threats can be very high - particularly for the smaller countries, such as Estonia, Latvia, Malta and Luxembourg. These countries are bordering or related to much larger countries that generate large amounts of money potentially available for laundering. They therefore face threats equivalent to a significant proportion of their total GDP, even - in those four countries - greater than their entire GDP. The threat assessment presented in this study, based on the Walker gravity model, appears to be quite robust.