The Incantations of the EU Organised Crime Policy Making

Posted: 18 Nov 2008

See all articles by Petrus C. van Duyne

Petrus C. van Duyne

Independent

Tom Vander Beken

Ghent University - Department of Penal Law and Criminology

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This article provides an analysis of the knowledge base of organised crime assessments and policy making in the European Union. It is argued that the current European organised crime (threat) assessments are no reliable and relevant instruments to make meaningful statements about organised crime. The data collection system of the current assessments is defective and to a large extent dependent on what Member States decide to disclose and not based on clear developed concepts, definitions and methods. There is no discernible "counting unit" as a basis for deducing threats or risks. More fundamental: the definition or criteria list used is defective, providing no basis for further deductions or conclusions. The conclusions of the open versions of the European reports are of a very general nature, not substantially different from what can be found in open sources. Though European decision making claims to be founded on these assessments, it looks more like a ritual incantation than a knowledge based process.

Keywords: Europol, organized crime, OCTA

JEL Classification: K20, N40, K14

Suggested Citation

Duyne, Petrus C. van and Vander Beken, Tom, The Incantations of the EU Organised Crime Policy Making (2009). Crime, Law and Social Change, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1302774

Tom Vander Beken

Ghent University - Department of Penal Law and Criminology ( email )

Ghent, B-9000
Belgium

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