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declining authority of states and global organized crime

October 28th, 2010 · 2 Comments

In Declining Authority of states, author Susan Strange believes that the heads of governments have lost their authority over national societies and economies that they used to have. She states that where states were once the masters of the market, iit is now the markets which are the amsters over the governments of states. She states how less and less of daily life is immune from the decisions of government bureaucracies, which makes us less democratic. Another reason she states for a failure of authority of governments is a result of technollogical and financial change into one singel global market economy. None of these however can be blamed on the actual governments, it is jsut a result of the market economy. Therefore, the TNC’s are in charge of the governments, instead of it being the other way around. As a result of GL, and the diffusion away from national governments to having more people having more power, has led to “ungovernance”. This is no way for a society to be, especially a society that needs to be safe and protected.

In Global Organized Crime the author discusess smuggling, and how smuggling would not be possible without the involvement of powerful and wealthy criminals. The police and tax inspectors assist in criminal operations, or simply just look the other way as if nothing is occurring. Also, many illegal activities operate where there are no clear rules or laws. This can show how liberalization and deregulation is bad because there are no governmental rules being enforced, so anyoen is pretty much open to do anything. I think that global organized crime happens everywhere, and it is due to the fact that that we have a corrupt government. Many people believe that the governnment is in control of prostitutuion and drug laundering because it is profitable, and that in the end is what our government wants, more money.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Oct 31, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    The connection you draw between organized crime and political corruption is important. You can see how one corrupted political officials may allow or be involved in global organized crime. But even highly ethical and responsive governments are vulnerable to global crime syndicates, especially governments that try to uphold civil liberties rather than limiting them in the name of security (or maintain a liberal/open immigration/refugee policy rather than tightening borders). One of the many challenges of globalization.

  • 2    Maruf Rahman // Nov 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

    On that note, the day EU has declared that one may not need any visa to travel between EU countries, the EC perhaps was thinking to established a liberal policy, but it has backlashed them with the increase number of human trafficking in Europe now. Since the security is no longer strong between borders, the conduct of criminal activities became much easier.

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