The Globalization of Russian, Colombian, and Chinese Organized Crime: A Quantitative Analysis

Nathan R. Moran, Midwestern State University

This study assessed the globalization of organized crime from 1991 to 2001. The data source and methodology consists of a content analysis of eight major newspapers from eight industrialized countries, including Russia, Japan, China, the United States, England, Canada, Colombia, and France. An eleven-year time series analysis (ARIMA modeling) of media coverage was undertaken for the purposes of examining the globalization hypothesis. Russian, Colombian, and Chinese organized crime groups were assessed under the assumption that an increase in the amount of media coverage over the 11-year year time frame is indicative of the globalization of organized crime. Emphasis was also placed on the developing relationship between international organized crime and terrorist organizations.

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