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Organised crime and international aid subversion: evidence from Colombia and Afghanistan

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna, Kostovicova, Denisa ORCID: 0000-0002-6243-4379, Escobar, Mariana and Bjelica, Jelena (2015) Organised crime and international aid subversion: evidence from Colombia and Afghanistan. Third World Quarterly, 36 (10). pp. 1887-1905. ISSN 0143-6597

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01436597.2015.1070664


Scholarly attempts to explain aid subversion in post-conflict contexts frame the challenge in terms of corrupt practices and transactions disconnected from local power struggles. Also, they assume a distinction between organised crime and the state. This comparative analysis of aid subversion in Colombia and Afghanistan reveals the limits of such an approach. Focusing on relations that anchor organised crime within local political, social and economic processes, we demonstrate that organised crime is dynamic, driven by multiple motives, and endogenous to local power politics. Better understanding of governance arrangements around the organised crime-conflict nexus which enable aid subversion is therefore required.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Southseries Inc.
Divisions: European Institute
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 13:41
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:49
Projects: RGG-U257
Funders: Agence Française de Développement

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