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The Quest for SecurityProtection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance$
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Joseph Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156868

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156868.001.0001

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Recent Developments in Global Criminal Industries

Recent Developments in Global Criminal Industries

(p.143) 6 Recent Developments in Global Criminal Industries
The Quest for Security

Misha Glenny

Columbia University Press

This chapter traces the evolution of organized crime since the 1990s. Organized crime dramatically rose in the 1990s as a result of systemic change brought about by the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union on the one hand, and the rapid liberalization of markets in various territories characterized by an equally eclectic spread of political strategies and ideologies. After reaching a high point from 1995 to 1997, criminal activity leveled out before becoming a more predictable and even integrated part of the global economy. Since the millennium, the main sectors of criminal activity have fallen into a more predictable pattern largely in line with the growth rates of G8 countries. There has been one significant deviation from this—the organized use of the Internet and other cyber instruments to commit serious economic crimes.

Keywords:   organized crime, criminal activity, criminal behavior, Internet, cyber crime, G8, economic crime

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