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Approaching organised crime: where are we now and where are we going?

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 231

Shona Morrison
ISBN 0 642 24269 0 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, July 2002


This paper discusses the nature of organised crime, presents hypothetical models of organised crime, debunks the myths surrounding it, and considers the differences between early criminal organisations and newer manifestations, particularly transnationalcrime. The paper explores the Australian experience of organised crime, the need for international cooperation and regulation, and the links between crime, terrorism and insurgency, and concludes by making suggestions for an Australian focused research agenda.