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International Political Economy Series
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Transnational Crime and Black Spots

Rethinking Sovereignty and the Global Economy

Authors: Brown, Stuart S., Hermann, Margaret G.

    • ​Contributes to the emerging body of research on transnational crime
    • Rethinks the concepts of sovereignty, the new economic geography, and their relevance to the illicit global economy
    • Builds on 80 case studies of places governed by insurgent, terrorist, and transnational criminal organizations
    • Catalogues the flows of a range of illicit activities including the trafficking in drugs, weapons, people, and natural resources as well as money laundering and terrorism

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About this book

“The strength of this book is that it does not look at a single case or even a few disparate examples of drug, weapon, and human trafficking but looks at many patterns—intra-regionally, cross-nationally, and internationally. It is an innovative addition to the literature on the nature of the safe havens—or ‘black spots’—currently being used for illicit activity. This book will make a clear impact on the scholarship of transnational crime and the geopolitics of the illicit global economy.”
Jeremy Morris, Aarhus University, Denmark 

Transnational criminal, insurgent, and terrorist organizations seek places that they can govern and operate from with minimum interference from law enforcement. This book examines 80 such safe havens which function outside effective state-based government control and are sustained by illicit economic activities. Brown and Hermann call these geographic locations ‘black spots’ because, like black holes in astronomy that defy the laws of Newtonian physics, they defy the world as defined by the Westphalian state system. The authors map flows of insecurity such as trafficking in drugs, weapons, and people, providing an unusually clear view of the hubs and networks that form as a result. As transnational crime is increasing on the internet, Brown and Hermann also explore if there are places in cyberspace which can be considered black spots. They conclude by elaborating the challenges that black spots pose for law enforcement and both national and international governance.

About the authors

Stuart S. Brown is Director of the Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) program and Vice-Chair of the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, USA.

Margaret G. Hermann is Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, USA.


Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: September 12, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49670-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $90.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: September 12, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49669-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transnational Crime and Black Spots
Book Subtitle
Rethinking Sovereignty and the Global Economy
Authors
Series Title
International Political Economy Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49670-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49669-0
Series ISSN
2662-2483
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 166
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations
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