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    Organised Criminals as “Agents of Obligation”: The Case of Ireland

    Hamilton, Claire (2011) Organised Criminals as “Agents of Obligation”: The Case of Ireland. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 17 (4). pp. 253-266. ISSN 0928-1371

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    Relying on Brown's(2005a,b) thesis that contemporary shifts in penal policy are best understood as a reprisal of colonial rationality, so that offenders become “ non- citizens ” or “ agents of obligation ” , this article argues, firstly, that this framework (with certain important refinements and extensions) finds support in developments in Irish criminal justice policy aimed at offenders suspected of involvement in “ organised crime ” . These offenders have found themselves reconstituted as “ agents of obligation ” with duties to furnish information about their prope rty and movements, report to the police concerning their location and, importantly , refrain from criminal activity or face extraordinary sanctions. Secondly, it is submitted that this draconian approach to the control of organised crime is built on false premises; specifically the idea that “ organised crime ” as such exists and is best controlled through restrictions on the freedom of key groups or “ core nominals ”

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: “Agents of obligation”; Organised crime; Punitiveness;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 5713
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    Depositing User: Claire Hamilton
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 14:42
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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