The ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime, in cooperation with the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, invites you to the 2nd General Conference of the Standing Group on Organised Crime. The Conference will take place at the University of Bath from 7 to 8 July 2017. Its main theme is Organised crime today: networks, routes and criminal partnerships’

The study of serious and organised crime has allowed a better understanding of many illicit activities including, drug trafficking, smuggling, political corruption, and extortion, as well as improving social-economic policies and policing responses. By developing case studies, research methods, and theoretical frameworks we are closer to tackling these social problems that are challenging democratic institutions in many different ways and levels.  However, despite the advances over the last 30 years, we are also starting to realise that we need to go beyond our traditional and well established frameworks to un-package the complex and silent features of serious and organised crime. The reason is simple: criminal networks do not operate in isolation. They exist in a multiplex networked world where changes in one layer of the social or economic fabric enables new structures and activities at another layer, and vice versa. Identifying the overlapping relationships of outwardly disconnected spheres of social interaction is a major research puzzle this conference wishes to address.

Key dates:

  • Submission of paper and panel abstracts: 1 March 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 April 2017
  • Registration opens: 1 April 2017
  • Early birds:  30 April 2017
  • Registration deadline: 1 June 2017

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