Local politics and organized crime in contemporary Italy: Willing or unwilling bedfellows?

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Abstract

Today, organized crime poses a really serious threat to most advanced democracies as it is present everywhere and in many different guises. In Italy, it wields territorial, economic and political power; in France, Spain, Germany and the UK it is above all a money-laundering business. But the alarming fact, not to be forgotten, is that in order to thrive and flourish as they do, they enjoy a form of tacit assistance and cooperation, usually from law enforcement agencies and politicians.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDefining and Defying Organised Crime
Subtitle of host publicationDiscourse, Perceptions and Reality
EditorsFelia Allum, Francesca Longo, Daniela Irrera, Panos A. Kostakos
Place of PublicationAbingdon, U. K.
PublisherRoutledge
Pages161-179
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781135273163
ISBN (Print)9780415548526
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2010

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics
Number83

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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