Globalisation and Crime

Brief outline of some of the debates in the globalisation and crime topic, featuring marketisation, green crime, and cyber-crime.

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  • Globalisation and Crime
    • HELD ET AL.
    • TAYLOR (1997)
      • argues that globalisation has led to changes in the pattern and extent of crime and also identifies the link between capitalisation and crime
      • two important features have been the rise of transantional corporations (TNCs) which are basically companies that operate across national borders, and the deregulation of financial marets
      • Taylor links the growth of the drugs trade to globalisation in that it has had an impact on both the supply and the demand for illegeal substances
      • globalisation has also increased the opportunities for financial fraud on a massive scale as millions of pounds can be moved across the world in a matter of seconds
    • CYBER CRIME
      • there is considerable deception and theft conducted over the internet such as 'scams' where people are tricked into sending money for bogus goods/services
      • cyber bullying also has become an issue and there are also cases of hate crime against individuals or groups or even cyber stalking
    • CURRIE: MARKETISATION
      • Currie has argued that the way a society reacts to globalisation can affect the levels of crime
      • he argues that countries like the USA which have removed most government conrols on private companies and the economy experience very high levels of inequality
      • the impact of this has been to create major areas of concentrated deprivation where crime has flourished
      • of course it should be remembered that it is not possiblle to establish a link which proves that crime levels are directly caused by the economic policies of governments
    • GREEN CRIME
      • green crime refer to those illegal activities which have a harmful impact on the enviornment
      • globalisation has increased the extent to which individual countries influence, and are influenced by, events in other countries
  • of course it should be remembered that it is not possiblle to establish a link which proves that crime levels are directly caused by the economic policies of governments

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