In this important book veteran researchers Grabosky and Stohl draw on organized crime to illuminate the neglected terrain between terrorism and more ordinary forms of illegal behavior. The book is required reading for anyone interested in the critical intersection between political violence and illegal business. – Gary LaFree, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland

”Jargon-free and bristling with thought-provoking examples from around the globe, Grabosky and Stohl have produced a lucid overview of a much-neglected area within criminology – the often murky interface between organised crime and terrorism.” – Dr. Keith Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Kent, UK

Terrorism and crime are two areas of knowledge that have traditionally been looked at independently. In this timely and original text, two of the leading authors in the field provide a clear and thorough look at terrorism from a criminological perspective. Integrating the latest research, the book explores the motives of criminals and terrorists, the causes of crime and terrorism and the impact of the law and the legal system. Central to this exploration, the authors examine the nexus between criminal and terrorist organizations, and the commonalities and differences between them and what this means for public policy and safety and security within states. Cross-cultural and international in perspective, this is a fresh and original text that will appeal to undergraduates, academics, and researchers in criminology, politics, international relations, sociology, communication and cultural studies.

Responding to Terrorism and Organized Crime: Local, National and International Dimensions

Responding to Terrorism and Organized Crime: Local, National and International Dimensions

Responding to terrorism and organized crime: Local, national and international dimensions


State responses to terrorism and organized crime may vary from ruthless repression (from incapacitation of individuals through imprisonment, up to and including assassination) through a variety of incentives and inducements for desistance, to reintegration of the offender.

Some public policies achieve stunning success. Others fail miserably. Some produce mixed results, meeting some goals but not others. And some become noteworthy for their adverse unintended consequences – what some commentators refer to as ‘blowback’ or ‘collateral damage.’ The annals of organized crime and of terrorism contain abundant examples of all of these.

This chapter explores the implications and consequences of different state policy and operational approaches to ...

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