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A zone of ambiguity: the political economy of cigarette bootlegging

Hornsby, Robert and Hobbs, Richard (2007) A zone of ambiguity: the political economy of cigarette bootlegging. British Journal of Criminology, 47 (4). pp. 551-571. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

This paper examines the development of cigarette bootlegging within the United Kingdom by way of a case study of an entrepreneurial criminal firm which sought to capitalize upon the cigarette price disparities within the European Union, through its professional supply of contraband goods to a highly receptive UK market. The paper contends that by way of the relaxation of trading barriers via European Union legislation, an enterprising criminal firm exploited the emergence of ambiguous zones of trading opportunities within the shifting terrain of the political economy produced by European integration.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2006 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2009 15:00
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22584/

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