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    The international securitisation of organised crime: power, knowledge and the primacy of the state

    Xenakis, Sappho (2011) The international securitisation of organised crime: power, knowledge and the primacy of the state. In: European Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 21st - 24th September 2011, Vilnius, Lithuania. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Since the early 1990s, transnational threats and risks have been given far greater prioritisation by politicians, practitioners and academic security experts internationally. Amongst these, transnational organised crime has been portrayed both as a daily security challenge and a potentially calamitous risk for the future. Unlike other common and extraordinary security challenges regularly attracting public and scholarly concern (such as migration and terrorism), international co-operation against organised crime has proven particularly adept at avoiding politicisation. The role of the state in securitising international organised crime has been understated as much by those supporting the effort as by those critical of the policies and practices that have accompanied it. This paper argues instead that the linchpin of this securitisation process -a combination of empirical weaknesses of threat assessment and the mystification of expert knowledge- can only be attributed to state design.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 09:49
    Last Modified: 05 May 2016 09:49
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15101

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