Government of the Shadows

Government of the Shadows : Parapolitics and Criminal Sovereignty

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Government of the Shadows analyses the concept of clandestine government. It explores how covert political activity and transnational organised crime are linked -- and how they ultimately work to the advantage of state and corporate power. The book shows that legitimate government is now routinely accompanied by extra-governmental covert operations. Using a variety of case studies, from the mafia in Italy to programmes for food and reconstruction in Iraq, the contributors illustrate that para-political structures are not 'deviant', but central to the operation of global governments. The creation of this truly parallel world-economy, the source of huge political and economic potential, entices states to undertake new forms of regulation, either through their own intelligence agencies, or through the more shadowy world of criminal cartels.
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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745326242
  • 9780745326245

About Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson is Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Melbourne.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction:Parapolitics, Shadow Governance and Criminal Sovereignty Robert Cribb (Australian National University, Canberra) and Peter Dale Scott (University of California, Berkeley) PART I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES 1. Deconstructing the Shadows Eric Wilson (Monash University, Victoria, Australia) 2. Democratic State vs. Deep State: Approaching the Dual State of the West Ola Tunander (International Peace Research Institute, Oslo) 3. Governing Through Globalised Crime Mark Findlay (University of Sydney) 4. Prospering from Crime: Money Laundering and Financial Crises Guilhem Fabre (Le Harve University, France) 5. The Shadow Economy: Markets, Crime and the State Howard Dick (University of Melbourne) 6. Transnational Crime and Global Illicit Economies Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex University) 7. Redefining Statehood in the Global Periphery William Reno (Northwestern University, Illinois) PART II: CASE STUDIES 8. The Sicilian Mafia: Para-state and Adventure Capitalism Henner Hess (University of Frankfurt) 9. Drugs, Parapolitics, and Mexico: The DFS, the Drug Traffic, and the United States Peter Dale Scott (University of California, Berkeley) 10. Parapolitics and Afghanistan Rensselaer W. Lee III (Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia) 11. From Drug Lords to Warlords: Illegal Drugs and the 'Unintended' Consequences of Drug Policies in Colombia Francisco Thoumi (Universidad del Rosario, Bogota) 12. Covert Netherworld: Clandestine Services and Criminal Syndicates in Shaping the Philippine State Alfred W. McCoy (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 13 Beyond Democratic Checks and Balances: The Propaganda Due Masonic Lodge and the CIA in Italy's First Republic Daniele Ganser (Freelance historian, has taught at universities in Switzerland including Basel) Notes on Contributors Index
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