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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.

Conclusions: Managing Crime and Terrorism
Conclusions: Managing crime and terrorism

In this chapter we explore the factors contributing to the decline of terrorist and criminal organizations. We focus upon both the organizational dynamics that may contribute to such declines, and the factors contributing to the decisions by individual members of criminal and terrorist organizations to leave these organizations. As we shall see, the web of relationships which connect these communities, the state, and illicit organizations may significantly impact on these decisions. It is thus important to consider opportunities for interdicting both terrorist and criminal organizations by weakening their support within the community and by encouraging the consideration of ‘leaving terrorism and criminality behind’ (see Bjørgo and Horgan, 2009).

To understand the decline of illicit organizations it is ...

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