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What could an asymmetrical strategy against organised crime look like? A lesson from the drug policy debate

Shaw, Mark (2019) What could an asymmetrical strategy against organised crime look like? A lesson from the drug policy debate. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 1 (1). pp. 99-106. ISSN 2516-7227

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Identification Number: 10.31389/jied.18

Abstract

The debate regarding the ideal response to organised crime is quickly evolving, although it remains often remarkably disconnected from the even more rapidly moving discussion on drugs. One important connection between these two debates is the application of a similar set of terminology – namely that of harm reduction. Harm reduction focuses on examining policy responses in ways which both highlight prevention and individual and community impacts, including the impact of law enforcement itself. If such a lens is applied to organised crime it is suggested that the three areas of focus should be: the reducing of violence; protecting political processes, and reducing impunity through high level and “symbolic” prosecutions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 17:18
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 00:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100342

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