A Zone of Ambiguity: The Political Economy of Cigarette Bootlegging

Posted: 19 Jun 2008

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Rob Hornsby

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Dick Hobbs

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Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

This paper examines the development of cigarette bootlegging within the United Kingdom by way of a case study of an entrepreneurial criminal firm which sought to capitalize upon the cigarette price disparities within the European Union, through its professional supply of contraband goods to a highly receptive UK market. The paper contends that by way of the relaxation of trading barriers via European Union legislation, an enterprising criminal firm exploited the emergence of ambiguous zones of trading opportunities within the shifting terrain of the political economy produced by European integration.

Suggested Citation

Hornsby, Rob and Hobbs, Dick, A Zone of Ambiguity: The Political Economy of Cigarette Bootlegging (July 2007). The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 47, Issue 4, pp. 551-571, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1147991 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azl089

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