By Anja P. Jakobi

International crime governance has emerged as a huge element of global politics. it truly is manifested in nationwide and overseas agendas, the proliferation of worldwide laws, growing to be overseas budgets, and the enlarged mandates of overseas firms. for that reason, the definition and prosecution of crime is now more and more homogenous, however it additionally exhibits variance: a few crime regulations are institutionalized coherently or hooked up to robust foreign firms, whereas others are vulnerable or dispersed throughout diverse boards. in response to sociological institutionalism, this ebook examines questions of structural variance within the institutional layout of world governance. It exhibits that the interaction of robust actors and clarification rules result in extra coherent different types of worldwide crime governance, whereas normative arguments regarding crime usually tend to lead to fragmented varieties. consequently -- and opposite to many students' assumptions -- international crime governance is most powerful in these components which are least connected to ethical statements.

The ebook develops a idea of society and applies this framework to explaining the assets and results of institutional layout. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative equipment, the textual content analyzes the origins of world laws, how they're disseminated, and why alterations exist. The function of the U.S. in growing international principles and disseminating them is emphasised. Readers drawn to diplomacy, worldwide governance, globalization experiences, international society stories, and criminology will enjoy the theoretical and empirical result of this e-book.

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All these elements together link the actors mentioned above in one overarching process of field generation. They are visible in many issue areas of world society, although different issue areas developed at different times. This book explores this process with regard to crime policies. The organizational field also conditions the diffusion of policies. Organizations within the field tend to become more alike, which is also known as isomorphism. Different mechanisms can trigger such change: Coercive isomorphism is caused by binding regulations which organizations have to fulfill, for example, when being obliged by law to establish accounting procedures.

It was initiated by the United States and today forms one of the most coherent forms of global crime governance. Chapter 6 presents global anti-corruption efforts, which have also become widely prominent since the mid-1990s, yet in a more fragmented form. While the United States has influenced these global efforts in important ways, civil society was also important for their development. Chapter 7 analyzes the international activities against human trafficking. In this case, different moral claims relevant to trafficking have impacted the global discussion and activities, ultimately resulting in weakened positions of some actors and a highly fragmented international governance effort.

One difference is that world society theory conceives rationality more broadly than does Weber, for example including individualization. Most importantly, Meyer and other world society theorists link the process of rationalization to the idea of globalization, which results in rationalization as a worldwide process (Krücken 2005a: 300–1). As its counterpart in organizational theory, world society theory has been developed in contrast to several prominent sociological theories in the 1970s, namely Merton and Parsons as the “old institutionalists,” but also modernization theories like those of Daniel Bell (Krücken 2005a: 302–5).

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