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 27: The Pacific Islands: politics, organised crime and corruption

Grant W. Walton and Sinclair Dinnen

Abstract

While organised crime comes in a variety of guises, this chapter argues that organised crime in the Pacific Islands can be best framed as a nexus between political elites and seemingly licit actors. The authorsargue that three changes over the past two decades have served to strengthen the relationship between politics and organised crime. The first is the systematic weakening of crime prevention and oversight institutions; often contributed to by powerful politicians. The second is the increasing and often unregulated transnational movement of goods, money and people associated with deepening globalisation, including intensified levels of extractive enterprise in some countries. The shifting nature of politics and international diplomacy across the regionis the third key trend. The authorsargue that these factors in combination are making it more difficult for elements of the political class to resist, and be investigated for, links to organised criminals.

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