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Mafias on the MoveHow Organized Crime Conquers New Territories$
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Federico Varese

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691128559

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691128559.001.0001

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Mafia Transplantation

Mafia Transplantation

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Mafias on the Move

Federico Varese

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the factors that determine the success of mafia transplantation. It first sets out several theoretical insights into why mafias find it difficult to become entrenched in foreign countries. It then discusses the conditions under which mafiosi succeed in become entrenched once they find themselves in the new territory. For some authors, the level of generalized trust (trust in others whom we do not know) in the new land is an important variable that could explain the entrenchment of mafias. The presence of a genuine demand for criminal protection, the core activity of mafias, also leads to long-term transplantation.

Keywords:   organized crime, mafia transplantation, mafia, entrenchment, criminal protection, generalized trust

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