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An Economic History of Organized Crime: A National and by Dennis M.P. McCarthy

By Dennis M.P. McCarthy

This e-book is a comparative examine of geared up crime teams from 5 diversified elements of the realm: Europe; North the USA; valuable America/South America/Caribbean basin; Africa; and Asia/Western Pacific. each one half comprises case stories and a shorter essay, a vignette. From Europe the case reports concentrate on the Italian mafias and the Russian mafia; the vignette, at the Albanian mafia. From North the United States the case stories spotlight the U.S. Mafia and the Mexican drug cartels; the vignette, equipped crime in Canada. From crucial America/South America/Caribbean basin the case reports pay attention to the Colombian drug cartels and gangs of the Caribbean; the vignette, on prepared crime in Cuba. From Africa the case reviews study source wars and Somali piracy; the vignette, relatives between foreign medications trafficking, prepared crime, and terrorism in North and West Africa. And from Asia/Western Pacific the case reviews highlight the chinese language Triads and jap Yakuza; the vignette, kinfolk between overseas medications trafficking, equipped crime, and terrorism in Afghanistan. Written in non-specialist language, An monetary historical past of equipped Crime presents an unique review of a very important challenge of our instances: the starting to be scourge of world prepared crime. This ebook might be learn with revenue by means of most of the people, however it additionally has worth for tutorial experts and pros in legislations enforcement.

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Not so appreciated is the significance of this type of organization for the Sicilian Mafia as a national and transnational business. To explain this significance we recall the concept of interdependence, which expresses the blend of centralization and decentralization a particular organization exhibits. The interdependence of the original Sicilian Mafia greatly favors decentralization overall but centralization in the local families. The positive implications of this type of interdependence for business are striking.

It can present a table of organization for a group, but not the degree to which any concept is embedded in the actual day-­to-day operation of an organization and how much it influences human conduct. Nonetheless, with these caveats in mind, the concepts of horizontal and vertical are still useful points of departure for developing more realistic portraits of organized crime in practice. 19 The term confederation itself implies looseness; so a loose confederation must be really loose in an organizational sense.

Ten categories from that framework are useful here: centralization, decentralization, autonomy, interdependence, policy, strategy, procedures, structures, personnel, and business culture. In this book I take up a subset of personnel under the second factor in our comparative framework—leader­ ship—and business culture under the third factor—social environment. I will now define each of the first nine categories listed above; these will also assist our examination of the many criminal businesses under review in this book.

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