Italian Mafias Today: Territory, Business and Politics

Felia Allum, Isabella Clough Marinaro (Editor), Rocco Sciarrone (Editor)

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Despite a rapidly changing economic and legal landscape, Italian mafias remain prominent actors in the global criminal underworld. This book provides an extensive and up-to-date view of how they adapt to shifting economic opportunities and intensifying legal and civic backlash.

Surveying the main Italian mafias active today – Cosa Nostra, the ’Ndrangheta, the Camorra and the Sacra Corona Unita – the contributors provide a broad overview of key themes and research findings, offering new theoretical and methodological lenses for analysing how Italy’s four native mafias have adapted to recent challenges. Investigating their global and national impact, this book analyses new insights into the operations and trajectories of Italian mafias in the 21st century.

Employing fresh empirical material, this book is essential reading for students of Italian studies at all levels, as well as those of criminology, security, political science, sociology and organised crime studies. Policy-makers and practitioners tackling organised crime will also benefit from this book’s critical insight into the history, operation and pathways of Italian mafias today.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages320
ISBN (Print)978 1 78990 413 0
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2019


  • Organised crime
  • political corruption
  • area studies
  • Italian mafias


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