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The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing examines and critically retraces the field of policing studies by posing and exploring a series of fundamental questions to do with the concept and institutions of policing and their relation to social and political life in today's globalized world. The volume is structured in the following four parts: Part One: Lenses Part Two: Social and Political Order Part Three: Legacies Part Four: Problems and Problematics. By bringing new lines of vision and new voices to the social analysis of policing, and by clearly demonstrating why policing matters, the Handbook will be an essential tool for anyone in the field.

Local Dynamics of a Global Phenomenon: Policing Organized Crime
Local Dynamics of a Global Phenomenon: Policing Organized Crime
Rolando Ochoa
INTRODUCTION

Organized crime (OC hereafter) is one of the most significant challenges for global policing today. For a long time, researchers and policymakers have debated both the definition and the scope of this phenomenon and these discussions are ongoing today. Indeed, we do not have a consensual definition yet of what OC actually is (Varese 2009). What is clear about organized crime is that it has become an enterprise which spans all hemispheres and cuts across borders regardless of levels of development, political arrangements and other structural factors. Organized crime can be found, in one form or another, in most – if not all – countries in ...

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