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Mafias and the State

Peter B. E. Hill

in The Japanese Mafia

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257522
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601026 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257523.003.0002
 Mafias and the State

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Drawing on the work of Gambetta, Schelling, and other scholars of mafias and organized crime, this chapter establishes the theoretical framework for the remainder of the book. It is argued that the central characteristic of mafias is the provision of private protection. Such protection is not necessarily bogus (extortionate) and there are a number of potential consumers of this service. The chapter explores the conditions in which the market for private protection might arise, the consumers and suppliers of this commodity, and the relationship between mafias and the state.

Keywords: mafia; organized crime; protection

Chapter.  11998 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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