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

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Lexington Books, 2006 - Social Science - 263 pages
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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I guess the author had high academic ambitions for this book. The bibliography alone is about 35 pages long, and he covers a broad range by first presenting a theory of organized crime and then ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
1
A NeoMarxist Interpretation of Organized Crime
21
Historical Observations on Clearly and Presently Dangerous Plant Life
39
A Tale of Two Coups Shanghai 1927 and La Paz 1980
73
Elites Cocaine and Power in Colombia and Peru
95
Beyond Modern Capitalism Soviet and PostSoviet Organized Crime
149
Beyond Modern Capitalism Mercantile Piracy
177
The Racket and New World Disorder Control and Domination in the Age of Globalization
189
Conclusion Part I
207
Selected Bibliography
217
Index
253
About the Author
263
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Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt is Assistant Professor of Criminology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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