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Channeling contraband - how states shape international smuggling routes

Gallien, Max and Weigand, Florian (2020) Channeling contraband - how states shape international smuggling routes. Security Studies. ISSN 0963-6412 (In Press)

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Abstract

While smuggling is commonly assumed to happen in remote and difficult to access borderlands, in reality, smuggling is most prevalent in areas that are tightly controlled by the state, including at formal border crossings. To understand this puzzle, the article explores the relationship between states and smugglers at international borders. Based on extensive empirical research in various borderlands in North Africa and Southeast Asia, it argues that different types of relationships with the state are preferred by different kinds of smugglers. The article outlines six ideal types of such relationships. It argues that these types of relationships are the dominant factor in how different smuggling networks choose routes along a border. The findings have implications for our understanding of smuggling and policies that aim at addressing smuggling, especially with regard to the effects of border fortifications and corruption prevention.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fsst20/current
Additional Information: © 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 14:45
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2020 23:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106527

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