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An introduction to political crime

Jeffrey Ian Ross
Paperback, 224 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
27 Apr 2012


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North America customers can order this book here from the University of Chicago Press.

"Jeffrey Ross' book on the politics of crime and the crimes of politics is a most welcome text for the undergraduate student. It treats this most challenging and important of topics in a systematic, balanced and clearly presented fashion. "
Gary T. Marx, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Traditionally, scholars of criminology and political science have had little to say to each other. This immensely valuable book succeeds admirably in bridging these disciplinary silos. Focusing on the intersection of crime and politics, it is a wonderfully accessible work that will appeal to students, teachers, and other readers alike."
Peter Grabosky, Australian National University
"The most comprehensive and accessible treatment of political crime, that not only incorporates the emerging literature on state crime but also occupational crimes and those committed against a government or state. Additionally, readers are given important historical examples to help the reader better contextualize the information."
Dawn L Rothe, PhD., Chair, American Society of Criminology, Division of Critical Criminology Director, International State Crime Research Consortium, ISCRC Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
"Jeffrey Ian Ross, a pioneering, prolific and perceptive criminological scholar of political (and state) crime and its control, here provides those engaged with the study of such crime with an up-to-date mapping of the terrain."
David O. Friedrichs, Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice and Distinguished University Fellow, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

About This Book

In An introduction to political crime, Jeffrey Ian Ross provides the most comprehensive and contemporary analysis of political crime addressing both violent and nonviolent crimes committed by and against the state (e.g. political corruption, illegal domestic surveillance, and human rights violations) in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other advanced industrialized democracies since the 1960s. Written by a respected social scientist, this book reviews appropriate theories of political crime and explains numerous definitional and conceptual issues, causes of political crimes, ways to control it, and effects of different types of political crime. Ross integrates new scholarship on state crime, and post 9/11 developments in both scholarship and current affairs and uses numerous examples to help readers understand the issues. The book is supported by a companion website, containing additional materials for both students and lecturers, which is available from the link above.

Author Biography

Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs, and a Research Fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore. He has researched, written, and lectured on corrections, policing, political crime, violence, cybercrime, extreme/abnormal criminal behaviour, and crime and justice in Indian Country for over two decades. Ross is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of sixteen books.


Theoretical explanations of political crime
Oppositional political crimes
Nonviolent oppositional political crimes
Violent oppositional political crimes: terrorism
State crime
Political corruption
Illegal domestic surveillance
Human rights violations
State violence
State-corporate crime
Conclusion: controlling oppositional and state crime.


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