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 18: North Africa: organised crime, the Sahel_Sahara region and state (un)making

Francesco Strazzari and Giovanni Zanoletti

Abstract

This chapter sheds light upon the nexus between organised crime and political (in)stability in the Sahel_Sahara region. It examines how organised crime and political institutions interact and mould original forms of extra-legal governance that underlie trajectories of domestic and regional stability and instability. More specifically, it examines deep-rooted historical and socio-economic domination patterns and modes of government in cases that are as diverse as Morocco and Mali. It highlights the way in which organised crime has to do with the formation and transformation of the state and the regional order, delving into those conditions that may affect political instability and violent power contestation.

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