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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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Identification Number: 10.1093/bjc/azl089


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.

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Additional Information: © 2006 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2009 15:00
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 03:45

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