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 23: New Zealand: patched gangs, police and political corruption

Jarrod Gilbert


New Zealand is home to a diverse population of outlaw motorcycle clubs and ‘patched’ street gangs. The members of these gangs are often criminallyinclined, but few groups have risen to become truly organised criminalenterprises. Despite this, there is a widespread belief in New Zealand thatthe gangs dominate the trade of drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine, and are focused on profit-driven crime. This view is promulgated by the NewZealand police, having developed a disproportionate focus on the gangs asadversaries through a process termed ‘blue vision’. The spectre of largelyfictional organised gang crime has become closely tied to New Zealandpolitics, and the incitement of gang-based moral panic has been regularlyused as an electioneering tool since the 1970s.

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