The Politics of Organized Crime and the Organized Crime of Politics

The Politics of Organized Crime and the Organized Crime of Politics : A Study in Criminal Power

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More than simply a study of the mafia, Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt's work argues that collaboration between political science and criminology is critical to understanding the real nature of organized crime and its power. Schulte-Bockholt looks at specific case studies from Asia, Latin America, and Europe as he develops a theoretical discussion-drawing on the thought of Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, and Antonio Gramsci-of the intimate connections between criminal groups and elite structures. Ranging from an historical discussion of the world drug economy to an examination of the evolution of organized crime in the former Soviet Union, the book extends into a consideration of the possible future development of organized crime in the age of advanced globalization.
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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0739113585
  • 9780739113585
  • 2,281,438

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 A Neo-Marxist Explanation of Organized Crime Chapter 3 Historical Observations on 'Clear[ly] and Present[ly] Danger[ous]' Plant Life Chapter 4 A Tale of Two Coups: Shanghai 1927 and La Paz 1980 Chapter 5 Elites, Cocaine, and Power in Colombia and Peru Chapter 6 Beyond Modern Capitalism: Soviet and Post-Soviet Organized Crime Chapter 7 Beyond Modern Capitalism: Mercantile Piracy Chapter 8 The Racket and New World Disorder: Control and Domination in the Age of Globalization Chapter 9 Conclusion
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For years I have known, followed and much admired Alfredo's frontline reporting on drug wars, especially those in and around the Andes against coca. He has found and well documented a heart of darkness in his and my field, criminal justice or criminology, globally. Every student of crime and criminal justice should know what he reports in this enormously important report on organized crime and corruption in the Americas. -- Hal Pepinsky, Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Walden University
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About Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt

Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt is Assistant Professor of Criminology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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