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National Security vs Criminal law. Perspectives, Doubts and Concerns on the Criminalisation of Organised Crime in England and Wales

Sergi, A (2016) 'National Security vs Criminal law. Perspectives, Doubts and Concerns on the Criminalisation of Organised Crime in England and Wales.' European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 22 (4). 713 - 729. ISSN 0928-1371

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Abstract

© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. This paper will interpret and critically analyse the new offence for organised crime in England and Wales (Section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2015) from a criminological perspective in light of evidence found in research in the country. It will argue that changes in the law relate to changes in political narratives rather than to variations in the criminal panorama of organised crime. It will discuss these changes within three perspectives, which address various levels of concern: a narrative perspective, which reflects on the overlapping of meanings in the use of the words ‘organised crime’; an evolution perspective, which reflects on the origins of the new participation offences with reference to both national and international pressures; a management perspective, which reflects on some of the immediate effects of the new offences of organised crime on the criminal justice system. This paper will conclude that political narratives have indeed influenced criminal policy, while there is no significant change in the phenomenon of organised crime to justify such narratives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Anna Sergi
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 18:03
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16543

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