1st Edition

Camorristi, Politicians and Businessmen The Transformation of Organized Crime in Post-War Naples Vol 11

By Felia Allum Copyright 2006

    This work presents a detailed study of the political role of a criminal organization, the Neapolitan Camorra, in its historical context, that of Naples over the last fifty years. In Campania, until 1991, the population tacitly accepted the relationship between the Camorra and the local political elite (based on the exchange of votes for state contracts and protection), and because of the lack of reliable sources it could not seriously be studied by political scientists. In 1991, however, a law was passed which gave generous remission of sentences to criminals who wanted to cooperate with the police. Following this, many members of the Camorra revealed important aspects of the criminal, economic and political activities of their organization. This new information has permitted a re-examination of the Camorra and has provided material for the story to be told.

    Introduction Towards a Better Understanding of Organized Crime; I: The Transformation of the Neapolitan Camorra; One: The Campania Region: The Territory, the People, and the Polity; Two: The Transformation of the Camorra; II: Who Are the Members?; Three: 'You are not born elinquent ... 1; Four: ...You become one'; III: The Resistible Rise of the Camorra; Five: The Camorras in the 1950s 1; Six: The Camorras in the 1980s–2000s; IV: The Camorras' Relationship with Politics; Seven: The Camorras' Exchange Currency 1; Eight: Political and Business 'Obligations'; Conclusion


    Felia Allum