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The Dark Side of Economic Globalisation: Politics, Organised Crime and Corruption in the Pacific

33 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2016  

Grant Walton

Australian National University - Development Policy Centre

Sinclair Dinnen

Australian National University (ANU)

Date Written: October 5, 2016

Abstract

While organised crime comes in a variety of guises, in this paper we argue that organised crime in the Pacific can be best framed as a nexus between political elites and seemingly licit actors. We argue that three changes over the past two decades have made it increasingly likely that the relationship between politics and organised crime is likely to strengthen. The first is the systematic weakening of crime prevention and oversight institutions – which is often contributed to by powerful politicians. The second is the increasing and often unregulated transnational movement of goods (including contraband), money and people associated with deepening globalisation, including intensified levels of extractive enterprise in some countries. The shifting nature of politics and international diplomacy across the Pacific is the third key trend we identify. We argue that these factors in combination are making it more difficult for elements of the political class to resist, and be investigated for, links to organised criminals.

Keywords: Pacific, Papua New Guinea, corruption, organised crime, politics

JEL Classification: D73, K42, F63

Suggested Citation

Walton, Grant and Dinnen, Sinclair, The Dark Side of Economic Globalisation: Politics, Organised Crime and Corruption in the Pacific (October 5, 2016). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 48. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2848016

Grant Walton (Contact Author)

Australian National University - Development Policy Centre ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Sinclair Dinnen

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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