Fast spinning into oblivion? Recent developments in money-laundering policies and offshore finance centres.

Hampton, Mark P. and Levi, Michael (1999) Fast spinning into oblivion? Recent developments in money-laundering policies and offshore finance centres. Third World Quarterly, 20 (3). pp. 645-656. ISSN 0143-6597 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article examines the growth of money-laundering in conjunction with the associated development of offshore finance centres (OFCs) located in small places such as islands or microstates in the Caribbean and elsewhere. The phenomenal growth of OFCs since the 1960s may be seen in terms of the `four spaces’ . Three of these `spaces' - the secrecy space (confidentiality); the regulatory space; and the political space - can be used to frame an analysis of the growth of offshore finance and the emergence of a suitable environment for international money-laundering. The article then examines recent policy developments concerning money-laundering and OFCs, such as the workings of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and the regional Task Forces such as the Caribbean Task Force. Finally, the article explores the changing way `offshore’ is being constructed as exemplified by rising onshore pressure from the OECD, G7, the EU and, most recently, the UK government, with its growing concern demonstrated by the 1998 unprecedented Home Office and FCO reviews of both British Isles and Caribbean OFCs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Mark Hampton
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2009 11:38
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 14:33
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23051 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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