Duty free: Turning the criminological spotlight on special economic zones

Hall, Alexandra, Antonopoulos, Georgios, Atkinson, Rowland and Wyatt, Tanya (2023) Duty free: Turning the criminological spotlight on special economic zones. British Journal of Criminology, 63 (2). pp. 265-282. ISSN 0007-0955

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Spatially designated economic zones render countries vulnerable to crime and harm, while simultaneously diffusing and escalating these problems across the globe. Yet, criminological analysis of special economic zones (SEZs) and similar areas remains limited. This article analyses the kinds of criminality and harm attached to such fiscal and commodity enclaves. Our analysis begins with the history of SEZs. We then offer a typology of related harms: 1. illicit trade; 2. the protection of wealth holdings; and 3. environmental harm. Our closing theoretical discussion suggests how the expansion of economic strategies involving SEZs is generative of new and complex forms of harm and crime embedded in the spatial architecture of the global economy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L100 Economics
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 08:51
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2024 03:30
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48396

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