Governing Crime Globally for Sustainable Development: Pathologies and Possibilities

Dr Jarrett Blaustein1

1Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

The United Nations represents a significant, enduring achievement of the post-WWII era. Although not without flaws, it has contributed to the advancement of human rights, helped to promote international stability, and supported international development efforts throughout the Global South. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been developed to foster a more integrated approach to creating and sustaining a more just, safe and equitable world. Perhaps more significantly, it is an agenda for human survival and arguably, the ultimate and final test for multilateralism at a time when the liberal project of global governance appears to be in crisis. From a criminological standpoint, the problem is that the ‘machinery’ of global crime governance more specifically does not neatly align with the wider aspirations of the 2030 Agenda. Rather, the work of central entities like the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is inhibited by a combination of institutional, political and material constraints that can be characterised as organisational ‘pathologies’. In this paper, I set out to identify these pathologies along with some possibilities for addressing them.


Jarrett Blaustein is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences. His research interests include: (1) the relationship between crime, development and security; (2) the mobility of crime control policies; and (3) law and order politics. His research has appeared in the British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, Policing & Society and the European Journal of Criminology and in 2015 he published a sole-authored book titled Speaking Truths to Power: Policy Ethnography and Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina with Oxford University Press.


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