Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics
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Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics

Edited by Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour

This multidisciplinary Handbook examines the interactions that develop between organised crime groups and politics across the globe. This exciting original collection highlights the difficulties involved in researching such relationships and shines a new light on how they evolve to become pervasive and destructive. This new Handbook brings together a unique group of international academics from sociology, criminology, political science, anthropology, European and international studies.
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Chapter 12: Canada: internal conspiracies _ corruption and crime

Margaret Beare


The main theoretical point in this chapter is to demonstrate the blurring of what is perceived to be the boundary between the legitimate and illegitimate spheres of business and politics, and to illustrate the overlapping interests and the interchange of actors between legitimate commerce, the normal political process and criminal enterprises. From the inside of such operations, there may be active interaction with criminal operations. But from the outside, amid a multitude of transactions, it may be impossible to distinguish those that could constitute criminal corruption as opposed to ‘business as usual’. The linkages between corporations, politicians, bureaucrats and criminals are all about such shadings. Corruption as it plays out in Canada, where state interests, political power and status, corporate greed, individual opportunism and criminality intersect, is examined in this chapter.

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