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Palgrave Macmillan

The Unlawful Society

Global Crime and Security in a Complex World

ISBN 9781137282958
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Transnational Crime, Crime Control and Security

Crime today is synonymous with security but our preoccupation with exposing the hidden mechanisms of the global underworld engenders an incomplete understanding of a vexed and complex field of inquiry, policy and practice. International and global relations are being refashioned and re-coded in ways that demand a fresh and expansive interpretation that acknowledges the scope and complexity of networked human interactions. Using the innovative concept of unlawfulness, this book examines the crimes and misdemeanours of the global overworld to form a unique analysis of global order in the twenty-first century.

Battersby argues that unlawfulness - the intentional transgression of criminal law - is an active but under-researched principle in international affairs, and maps out the scope of tolerated unlawfulness among and within states and non-state actors including private companies and not-for-profit 'civil society' organizations. Exploring the dynamics of law-making in a world where the pace of technological change is outstripping our capacity to capture new forms of international and transnational crime, this book will be a valuable resource to scholars of International Politics, Global Governance, International Law, Security, Criminal Justice and Policing.

Paul Battersby is Associate Professor and Head of Global Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia, where he teaches courses on global risk and governance, global crime and international law. His previous books include C rime Wars: The Global Intersection of Crime, Political Violence and International Law (with Joseph Siracusa and Sasho Riplilsoki, 2011) and the Handbook of Globalization (co-editor with Manfred Steger and Joseph Siracusa, 2014).

1. Criminal Measures: Counting the Costs of Transnational Crime
2. Converging in the Shadows: Complex Security, Complex Crime
3. The Globalization of State Crime
4. "Good Corp, Bad Corp": Market Crimes and Systemic Insecurity
5. Invidious Choices: Humanitarianism on the Edge
6. Amorality, Complexity and Cosmopolitan Code


"Battersby's masterful treatment of 'unlawfulness' in various cultural contexts manages to unravel the complexity of global crime and related dynamics. Clear, accessible, and erudite, this study provides much needed insights into the dark side of globalization." - Manfred B. Steger, Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, University of Hawai'i-Manoa and RMIT University, Australia
"Paul Battersby has written an innovative and compelling account of the changing nature of global crime. The book delves into the complex and frequently hidden mechanisms and processes of the global underworld, a world occupied by both state and non-state actors. [It] will be engaging reading to all those interested in the contemporary pattern of unlawful behaviour that extends across borders." - David Held, University of Durham, UK
"Criminologists – and more broadly, any serious students of crime and criminal law who commit themselves to engaging fully with the book should be rewarded with a richer, more sophisticated understanding of the increasingly complex world within which crime and its control plays out." - David O. Friedrichs, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
"While those familiar with critical sociological and political theories may have already anticipated how previous theoretical contributions can be applied to current global affairs, this book is a very rich overview and a compelling argument, not the least in helping to raise new questions and open social science to new approaches such as complexity theory. [...] Students can benefit from the very rich coverage, while security scholars and practitioners can make use of an intriguing conceptual contribution that has been applied to recurring and newly emerging global problems." - Marinko Bobica, Global Crime
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