Bookclub: Unraveling the crime-development nexus

Unraveling the Crime-Development Nexus book cover

Event details

Book Club

Date & time

Tuesday 20 September 2022


Seminar Room 1.04 Coombs Extension Building #8 Fellows Road ANU


Jarrett Blaustein and Tom Chodor

Unraveling the Crime-Development Nexus interrogates the claim that crime represents a significant threat to economic development.

It uses historical analysis and a neo-Gramscian framework to account for how and why the ‘crime-development nexus’ has been repeatedly invoked by international actors to advance and secure variations of a global capitalist development agenda since the 19th Century.

It demonstrates that even today, the international crime policy agenda remains overwhelmingly responsive to those who benefit from the further expansion of neoliberal globalisation, whilst simultaneously marginalising subordinate actors throughout the ‘developing’ world.

Based on this analysis, the book advocates a more equitable and sustainable model of ‘harm-sustainability’ governance that can better respond to the structural causes of social harms and the enduring problem of uneven development.

This event will be chaired by Veronica Taylor and a panel consisting of Miranda Forsyth and Susan Sell will provide commentary.

About the speakers

Jarrett Blaustein is a Senior Fellow at RegNet at ANU. His interdisciplinary research combines critical criminology, regulatory theory, and political economy to explore how and why societies govern and deliver security during or in anticipation of different types of crises.

Tom Chodor is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Monash University. His research interests are in the areas of International Political Economy, International Relations and global governance and development.

About the chair and panellists

Veronica Taylor is a Professor of Law and Regulation at RegNet. Her work centres on regulatory intermediation and institutional reform.

Miranda Forsyth is a Professor at RegNet. The central analytical question animating Miranda’s scholarship is how people’s diverse justice needs can best be met in contexts of multiple legal and normative orders, with a geographical focus primarily on the Pacific Islands region, particularly Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Susan Sell is a Professor at RegNet who focuses on the politics of intellectual property, trade, investment and private power.

COVID protocols

  • Please do not attend this event if you feel unwell, are awaiting the results of a test or are required to self-isolate/quarantine. The ANU’s COVID Safety advice can be accessed here.
  • The ANU will continue to require that masks be worn indoors for the foreseeable future, except when eating or drinking.
  • Attendees are encouraged to use hand sanitiser and the Check in CBR app at the entrance to the building.
  • Please maintain good social hygiene by staying 1.5m apart from others and coughing/sneezing into elbows.

This event will be in-person only.

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