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The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 39: State Power and Crime
State Power and Crime
State involvement in illegal schemes is always seen as different, or even entirely disconnected, from the state's constant attempts to establish a law-based social order. The broadly accepted premise is that the state establishes order in society through lawful means; that is, through formal institutional frameworks, rules, and procedures. If, then, observable regularities in behavior and expectations are the outcome of such lawful means, law-breaking behaviors on the part of state authorities only serve to distort and subvert this social order. Under these assumptions, the flip-side of the state, commonly referred to as the ‘submerged state', ‘narco-state', ‘criminalized state', ‘parallel state', ...