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Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime$
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Robert McLean

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203028

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203028.001.0001

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Tackling Gangs and Organised Crime, and Rethinking Drug Policy

Tackling Gangs and Organised Crime, and Rethinking Drug Policy

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Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime

Robert McLean

Policy Press

The book began with two main objectives: a) to provide insight into contemporary gang organisation as a means for gang business; and b) to reengage Scottish scholarly gang literature back into the wider scholarly UK gang debate. This chapter seeks to evaluate whether the two main objectives have been achieved. A general summary of the book is given which also looks at factors which contribute to gang organisation, before the chapter moves towards how the research could be used and applied to practice and policy for law establishment, law enforcement, and wider practitioner groups. Within the discussion on policy and practice attention is drawn more to potential predictors which see ‘core’ or persistent offenders progress towards organised crime. The chapter finishes with a short reflection of the study as a whole, and in doing so draws attention to various limitations and future research areas.

Keywords:   Gangs, Drug policy, Practitioners, Police, Political establishment, Limitations

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