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The Informer blog provides a platform for academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss their work and research and to share their opinions on organised crime.

We collaborate with the European Consortium for Political Research's Standing Group on Organised Crime (ECPR-SGOC), one of the standing groups of the ECPR. The editorial board includes representatives from the University of Bath, Oxford University, the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Sao Paulo, Sofia University and Flinders University.

6 June, 2018

David Pérez-Esparza and David Hemenway

In 2017, 29,168 people were murdered in Mexico, the most since records began. Excluding countries at war, there were more homicides in Mexico last year than in any country in the world, apart from...
30 May, 2018

Alexandra V Orlova

Corruption is discussed and debated in a variety of contexts, but no definitive definition of what corruption looks or feels like exists. In addition to difficulties of definition, as well as the...
23 May, 2018

Chris Bowkett

In 2009, a few scrap pieces of paper were found in a cupboard during an arrest of a camorrista – a member of the Neapolitan Camorra – in the town of Ercolano, close to Naples. This scrap paper listed...
15 May, 2018

Caitlin Hughes, Jenny Chalmers and David Bright

Fuelled by high demand, profits and the global nature of the illicit drug market(s), drug trafficking remains one of the most maligned forms of serious and organised crime. The last decade has seen...
9 May, 2018

Adam Edwards

The ‘smart city’ is invariably promoted as an unqualified good thing, particularly given pressures for more efficient, economic and effective governance in rapidly expanding cities. However, in the...
The bunker-courthouse used in the Maxi Trial, which led to the conviction of 360 mafiosi. Central to Judge Giovanni Falcone's pursuit of the mafia was the principle of 'follow the money'. Courtesy of Wikimedia
2 May, 2018

Aubrey Jones

Money is power. People will assume that this statement is so obvious it no longer needs repeating. Yet many law enforcement agencies do not seem to have got the message. Money is the crucial element...
24 April, 2018

Cristina Sáenz Pérez

In the upcoming months, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will have to rule on a case that could decide the future of the European arrest warrant (EAW) in the UK. The Irish Supreme...
9 April, 2018

On 14 March 2018, RUSI’s Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC) convened a workshop to explore future scenarios of EU-UK police cooperation after Brexit. Organised in partnership with the...
5 April, 2018

Patricio Estévez-Soto

Extortion against businesses is one of the main security challenges facing the Mexican government today. Statistics from crimes reported to the police show that extortion has increased dramatically...
29 March, 2018

Michael Woodiwiss

The journey to the writing of my most recent book, Double Crossed: The Failure of Organized Crime Control, began in 1983 when I was in Washington, DC. I was able to interview an assistant counsel for...