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The Wild East: Criminal Political Economies in South Asia

Michelutti, L and Harriss-White, B (Eds). (2019) The Wild East: Criminal Political Economies in South Asia. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The Wild East bridges political economy and anthropology to examine a variety of il/legal economic sectors and businesses such as red sanders, coal, fire, oil, sand, air spectrum, land, water, real estate, procurement and industrial labour. The 11 case studies, based across India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, explore how state regulative law is often ignored and/or selectively manipulated. The emerging collective narrative shows the workings of regulated criminal economic systems where criminal formations, politicians, police, judges and bureaucrats are deeply intertwined. By pioneering the field-study of the politicisation of economic crime, and disrupting the wider literature on South Asia’s informal economy, The Wild East aims to influence future research agendas through its case for the study of mafia-enterprises and their engagement with governance in South Asia and outside. Its empirical and theoretical contribution to debates about economic crimes in democratic regimes will be of critical value to researchers in Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Comparative Politics, Political Science and International Relations, Criminologists and Development Studies, as well as to those inside and outside academia interested in current affairs and the relationship between crime, politics and mafia enterprises.

Type: Book
Title: The Wild East: Criminal Political Economies in South Asia
ISBN-13: .9781787353237
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787353237
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787353237
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Contributors, 2019 Images © Contributors, 2019 This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Harriss-White, B. and Michelutti, L. (eds). 2019. The Wild East: Criminal Political Economies in South Asia. London: UCL Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/ 111.9781787353237 Further details about Creative Commons licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: economic crime, corruption, political economy, South Asia
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081710
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