RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 1members only

Thinking about Organised Crime: Structure and Threat

Diverse definitions and costs of ‘organised crime’ all play a part in devising strategies to counter criminal organisations

The term ‘organised crime’ suggests a greater level of coherence than exists in reality, while the major threat imagery it evokes is useful for some purposes but counterproductive for others. While some organised criminal groups and activities pose a threat to national security, most affect human security at a sub-national level. Michael Levi critically examines some economic, physical and perception features of the harms and threats encompassed by organised crime, and

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Michael Levi

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