Common Goods and Evils?

Book on the formation of global crime governance by Anja P. Jakobi published with Oxford University Press

Global crime governance has emerged as an important component of world politics. It is manifested in national and international agendas, the proliferation of global regulations, growing international budgets, and the enlarged mandates of international organizations.


As a result, the definition and prosecution of crime is now increasingly homogenous, but it also shows variance: Some crime policies are institutionalized coherently or attached to strong international organizations, while others are weak or dispersed across different forums. Based on sociological institutionalism, this book examines questions of structural variance in the institutional design of global governance. It shows that the interplay of strong actors and rationalization principles lead to more coherent forms of global crime governance, while normative arguments related to crime are more likely to result in fragmented forms. In consequence — and contrary to many scholars' assumptions — global crime governance is strongest in those areas that are least attached to moral statements.

The book "Common Goods and Evils? The Formation of Global Crime Governance" by Anja P. Jakobi is a comprehensive analysis of current global efforts to counter crimes, including a critical perspective on the definition of global crime and the consequences of effective governance in this field, also with regards to privacy rights and civil liberties.

Specifically, the book

  • brings together qualitative and quantitative data to give an overview of historical and current global crime governance
  • combines hitherto disparate theoretical elements of sociological institutionalism to illuminate global politics
  • and provides comparative assessment of US influence on global crime governance

The book develops a theory of society and applies this framework to explaining the sources and consequences of institutional design. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, the text analyzes the origins of global regulations, how they are disseminated, and why differences exist. The role of the United States in creating global rules and disseminating them is emphasized. Readers interested in international relations, global governance, globalization studies, world society studies, and criminology will benefit from the theoretical and empirical results of this book.