State Crime in the Global Age brings together original writings from leading scholars of state crime to explore the causes and consequences of social harms flowing from the use and abuse of state power. The book breaks new ground by examining how globalisation has intensified potentials for state crime, by bringing novel theoretical understandings of the state to the study of state crime, and by exploring strategies for confronting state crime. Specific topics covered include the crimes of empire, the crimes of war, state sanctioned torture, state sacrifice of human lives, and judicial wrongdoing.
Framing State Crime explores how we might theorise state crime, and locates contemporary state crimes in the context of increasing global integration. The Brutal Realities of State Crime provides analyses of five international and two domestic varieties of state crime. Responding to State Crrime addresses the problems and prospects for confronting state crime through strategies such as transitional and transnational justice practices and a 'public criminology' of state crime.
Scholars, students and informed citizens concerned with the grave threats created by the misuses of state power will find valuable insights in State Crime in the Global Age.
'Stemming from a 2008 workshop on state crime in the global age held by the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain, this collection of essays addresses the neglected area of state crime, the most destructive of all crimes. While attention to white-collar crime has steadily increased, the study of state crime has languished, limiting itself to the narrow confines of high profile crimes. These essays direct attention to a plethora of crimes of political power, including war, terror bombing of civilians, torture, imperial domination, harmful drug prohibition laws, international financial policy, wrongful convictions, and judicial errors. In addition, other chapters examine the futile attempts by offending governments, international legal bodies, and bystander states to exercise meaningful social control. Three sections frame and theorize state crimes, explore their international and domestic varieties, and address strategies for confronting them, including a very persuasive plea for a public criminology of state crime. The introductory and concluding chapters provide a useful contextual overview and synthesis of the essays. An impressive contribution to the literature on crimes of the powerful. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.' -- G. B. Osborne, University of Alberta in Choice, Jan 2011