Concepts, assumptions and consequences

  • Petrus C. van DuyneEmail author
  • Jackie H. Harvey
  • Liliya Y. Gelemerova


“What’s in a name?” This is a badly understood quotation from Shakespeare, with the implication of “what does it matter how you name a thing as long as it has a name”. Such indifference was not intended in the play Romeo and Juliet, where the family name mattered very much. In our field it also matters and the quote should not be used to justify the avoidance of the dry and unexciting labour of concept analysis. As we will show, concepts in this policy field are as important as the family names or that of ‘pint’ and ‘yard’ for the British or the ‘camembert’ for the French. Everyone involved with these products would take their naming anything but light-heartedly. We think the precise concept of ‘laundering’ as important as the concepts of ‘pint’ or ‘camembert’ for respectively the English and the French for which reason we devote this chapter to concept analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petrus C. van Duyne
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jackie H. Harvey
    • 2
  • Liliya Y. Gelemerova
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Penal LawTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Newcastle Business SchoolNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  3. 3.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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