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 21: Nigeria: black gold, suits and brown envelopes

Sheelagh Brady


This chapter examines the relationship between organised crime and politics in Nigeria. The main argument is that organised crime and politics are mutually reinforcing. Weak and corrupt governments have provided a fertile environment for organised crime to flourish, further weakening the establishment. This has allowed organised crime actors to infiltrate, while providing officials, business men and such criminals with the opportunity to derive profits from corrupt or illegal practices. The political, economic and social context within Nigeria is explored to better understand the dynamics and nature of these relationships. This chapter also identifies the mechanisms which have allowed these relationships to manifest themselves and take hold. It then discusses whether these relationships are ones of convenience or are based on co-dependency, relationships that have left the establishment bereft of values conducive to good governance and democratic processes.

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