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The incantations of the EU organised crime policy making

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Duyne, P. C. van; Vander Beken, Tom

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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 dependant on what Member States decide to disclose and not based on clear developed concepts, definitions and methods. There is no discernable "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 EU; criminal justice policy; criminality; organized crime; reporting; international comparison
Classification Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law; European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 261-281
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change, 51 (2009) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)