Taking Stock of the Internationalization and Globalization of American Criminology

Bill McDonald, Georgetown University

The growing field of what is loosely called "international criminology" consists of four subfields which are developing at different rates. Two subfields, comparative criminology and comparative criminal justice, are well established and are beginning to move beyond the elementary tasks of definition, description and classification. Two other subfields, transnational crime and transnational criminal justice, are exploding in relative importance to policy makers and law enforcers yet have received minimal attention from academics. This paper sketches out some of the conceptual, methodological, theoretical and political issues that researchers in these two newer subfields face.

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Updated 05/20/2006