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The Wild East - Criminal Political Economies in South Asia - cover

The Wild East - Criminal Political Economies in South Asia

Lucia Michelutti, Barbara Harriss-White

Publisher: UCL Press

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Summary

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 eleven 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.

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