Introduction to the Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics

Felia Allum, Stan Gilmour, Catherine Hemmings

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A man in his thirties with black hair sits behind a desk. He is a former Camorrista who held an important role in his clan because he was one of the clan’s mediators with local politicians. He is unforgiving of politicians: ‘the ambition of all politicians is to “arrive”,without looking anyone in the eye . . . honestly or dishonestly, the important thing is to arrive’ (interview 1, 1997, p. 3). But then, he explains that politicians were often only manipulated by the Mafiosi in their quest for public contracts and funds: the tendering process for public contracts is organised by the local council, the decisions are taken by a board of councillors, the mayor and his deputy; all these people took orders from us. We knew from the start which contract we wanted to win and then, we would approach them through important people, influential people in the town. For example, builders or councillors, individuals who could approach certain people. We would manipulate the tendering process in our favour, indeed . . . we already knew who would win the contract, we knew who would do what, how much and when. (ibid.)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Organised Crime and Politics
Place of PublicationCheltenham, U. K.
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN (Electronic)9781786434579
ISBN (Print)9781786434562
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameSocial and Political Science, 2019

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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