The Protector’s Choice – An Application of Protection Theory to Somali Piracy Shortland A and Varese F (2014)
Submitted by William Ang'awa Saturday, 12 July 2014
The article published online in the British Journal of Criminology provides some intriguing fresh insights concerning Somali Maritime Piracy, criminality and legalised trade relationship with local clans and communities.
The research paper asks the question -“What explains the variation in piracy along the coasts of Somalia?” The authors Anja Shortland and Federico Varese answer this question by drawing upon Protection Theory and a new data set of piracy incidents. The literature spans several disciplines and suggests analytical links between the behaviour of states and that of criminal groups.
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BBC Africa article ‘Somali Piracy: Roads Better than Warships.’ 10 July 2014
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Anja Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy and Director of Postgraduate Research in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London
Federico Varese is an Author and Professor in Criminology at Oxford University
Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies