Handbook of Organized Crime

While the success of national and international law enforcement cooperation to suppress organized crime means that stable, large-scale criminal organizations like the Cosa Nostra or the Japanese Yakuza have seen their power reduced, organized crime remains a concern for many governments. Economic globalization and the easing of restrictions on exchanges across borders now provide ample opportunity for money-making activities in illegal markets. Policies designed to stop illegal market flows often shift these activities to new places or create new problems, as the U.S.- led war on drugs spread production and trafficking to a number South and Central American countries. The Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime provides informed, authoritative, and com- prehensive overviews of these issues and other principal forms of organized crime, as well as the type and effectiveness of efforts to prevent and control them.


Introduction Letizia Paoli Part I. Concept, Theories, History and Research Methods

  1. Organized Crime: A Contested Concept, Letizia Paoli and Tom Van der Beken
  2. Theoretical Perspectives on Organized Crime, Edward R. Kleemans
  3. Searching for Organized Crime in History, Cyrille Fijnaut
  4. How to Research Organized Crime, Dick Hobbs and Georgios A. Antonopoulos

Part II. Actors and Interactions

  1. The Italian Mafia, Letizia Paoli
  2. The Italian-American Mafia. Jay Albanese
  3. Russian Mafia: Rise and Extincion, Vadim Volkov
  4. Organized Crime in Colombia: The Actors Running the Illegal Drug Industry, Francisco E. Thoumi
  5. Mexican Drug Cartels, Monica Medel and Francisco E. Thoumi
  6. Chinese Organized Crime, Ko Lin-Chin and Min Liu
  7. The Japanese Yakuza, Peter Hill
  8. West African Organized Crime, Phil Willliams
  9. Gangs: Another Form of Organized Crime? Scott H. Decker and David C. Pyrooz
  10. Opportunistic Structures of Organized Crime, Martin Bouchard and Carlo Morselli
  11. Organizing Crime: The State as Agent, Susanne Karstedt
  12. The Social Embeddedness of Organized Crime, Henk van de Bunt, Dina Siegel, and Damián Zaitch

Part III. Markets and Activities

  1. Protection and Extortion, Federico Varese
  2. Drug Markets and Organized Crime, Peter Reuter
  3. Human Smuggling, Human Trafficking, and Exploitation in the Sex Industry, Edward R. Kleemans and Monika Smit
  4. Illegal Gambling, Toine Spapens
  5. Money Laundering, Michael Levi
  6. Arms Trafficking, Andrew Feinstein and Paul Holden
  7. Organized Fraud, Michael Levi
  8. Cyber Crime, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo and Peter Grabosky
  9. The Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources, Tim Boekhout van Solinge

Part IV. Policies to Control Organized Crime

  1. Organized Crime Control in the United States of America, James B. Jacobs and Elizabeth A. Dondlinger
  2. U.S. Organized Crime Control Policies Exported Abroad, Margaret Beare and Michael Woodiwiss
  3. European Union Organized Crime Control Policies, Cyrille Fijnaut
  4. The Fight against the Mafia in Italy, Antonio La Spina
  5. Organized Crime Control in Australia and New Zealand, Julie Ayling and Rod Broadhurst
  6. Organized Crime Control in Asia: Examples from India, China and the Golden Triangle, Rod Broadhurst and Nicholas Farrelly
  7. Finance-Oriented Strategies of Organized Crime Control, Michael Kilchling

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