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Actors, scripts, scenes and scenarios: key trends in policy and research on the organisation of serious crimes

Edwards, Adam Michael ORCID: 2016. Actors, scripts, scenes and scenarios: key trends in policy and research on the organisation of serious crimes. Oñati Socio-Legal Series 6 (4) , pp. 975-998.

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The problem of ‘transnational organised crime’ has become a prominent issue in international affairs over the past two decades. Official constructions of the problem identify threats to public safety resulting from the greater mobility of people and goods across national borders and the exploitation of this mobility by ‘organised crime groups’ (OCGs). In turn, this has led to the generation of a new genre of policy-oriented learning, the ‘threat assessment’, which informs and legitimises the cross-border co-ordination of preventive interventions against such groups. This article considers arguments over the conceptual and methodological value of these threat assessments and their central preoccupation with criminal actors. An alternative approach is advanced, concerned with the ‘scripts’ involved in the commissioning of serious crimes and their facilitating conditions or ‘scenes’. This approach can also identify future ‘scenarios’, providing less certain but more satisficing grounds for anticipating and governing the organisation of serious crimes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.
Publisher: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
ISSN: 2079-5971
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 9 February 2016
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 10:51

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