Addressing the development implications of illicit economies: the rise of a policy and research agenda

Gillies, A. , Collins, J. and Soderholm, A. (2019) Addressing the development implications of illicit economies: the rise of a policy and research agenda. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 1(1), pp. 1-8. (doi: 10.31389/jied.17)

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This special issue of the Journal of Illicit Economies and Development builds on a growing, multifaceted research and policy agenda that advances development perspectives of illicit economies in the Global South. Conventional policy discourses have typically framed this issue as a security problem, drawing direct and often simplistic causalities with underdevelopment. Illicit economies frequently drive violence, corruption, exploitation and failures in governance, for example. However, for many communities living in poverty and conflict-affected areas across the globe, involvement in illicit economic activity can also ameliorate the immediate problems they face. Illicit economies may provide vital sources of livelihood and underpin stable political orders and socio-economic development at the margins of the state. Broad, securitised policy responses may cause more harm than good in such contexts. Scoping the complex relationship between illicit economies and development, this introductory article outlines key themes of the special issue.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gillies, Dr Allan
Authors: Gillies, A., Collins, J., and Soderholm, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of Illicit Economies and Development
Publisher:LSE Press
ISSN (Online):2516-7227
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Illicit Economies and Development 1(1):1-8
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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