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Networks and meta-regulation: strategies aimed at governing illicit synthetic drugs

Cherney, Adrian, Grabosky, Peter, & O'Reilly, Juani (2006) Networks and meta-regulation: strategies aimed at governing illicit synthetic drugs. Policing and society, 16(4), pp. 370-385.

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Abstract

New regulatory state scholarship has documented the rise of pluralized forms of governance that lay beyond central states. This has resulted in regulation being constituted by dense networks of actors and institutions. This article sets out to explore the role of police agencies within these networks through a case study of illicit synthetic drug control. Reducing the supply of illicit synthetic drugs presents unique challenges for the police compared to the control of traditional plant-based illicit drugs such as cannabis or heroin. A key focus of reducing supply is that of governing the interface between licit and illicit market activities. This strategy has required police agencies to increasingly engage in forms of meta-regulation. Under such a strategy, the police role is increasingly one of acting as ‘‘brokers’’ i.e., connecting the internal capacity of external institutions to crime control goals and promoting collective responses around externalities (i.e., opportunities for illegal conduct) generated by legitimate commercial activity. Keywords: Illicit

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ID Code: 9244
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: adrian.cherney@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Illicit synthetic drugs, Policing, Networks, Meta, regulation, Leveraging
DOI: 10.1080/10439460600973693
ISSN: 1477-2728
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Policing and Society 16(4):370-385.
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 17:43

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