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Corruption, Fraud, Organized Crime, and the Shadow Economy

1st Edition

Edited by Maximilian Edelbacher, Peter C. Kratcoski, Bojan Dobovsek

CRC Press

215 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Fueled by corruption, fraud, and organized crime, the shadow economy—also known as the informal, black market, illegal, or underground economy—is currently on the rise worldwide. Corruption, Fraud, Organized Crime, and the Shadow Economy addresses shadow economies and the players involved by examining various aspects of criminal law and prosecution.

This book gathers the insights of several world-renowned professionals and academics in order to portray the links between organized crime, the shadow economy, and corruption. It discusses how to address these issues as they relate to crime, criminal law, and prosecution of the players involved.

The constant misconception by policy makers of the relationships between organized crime, corruption, and the shadow economy fuels the present status quo of economic inequality, increases the risks of future economic crises, victimizes people, and even damages the environment. This book takes a critical, multinational, multidisciplinary, common-sense approach to complex and globalized problems of conventional and unconventional deviance through the shadow economy.

The contributors identify key critical areas in specific countries from which they originate, adding an insider’s perspective to their analyses. With these insights and the use of illustrative case studies, they highlight best practices as well as mistakes to avoid in encountering the obstacles that lie ahead in combating the shadow economy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Relationship of the Informal Economy to Corruption, Fraud, and Organized Crime

Maximilian Edelbacher, Bojan Dobovšek, and Peter C. Kratcoški

Informal Economy and Organized Crime

Bojan Dobovšek and Boštjan Slak

Financial Flows of Organized Crime and Tax Fraud in Developed Countries: An Empirical Investigation

Friedrich Schneider

Organized Crime and the Mafia between Violence and Informal Economy

Arije Antinori

Informal Economy: Connection to Organized Crime, White Collar Crime, and Corruption

Peter C. Kratcoški

Insurance Industry and Informal Economy

Michael Theil

Role of Lawyers as Defenders of White Collar Criminals

Petter Gottschalk

Falsified Prospect Theory in the Context of Corruption and Foreign Direct Investment

Benjamin Potz, Sporer Dominik Sporer, Zirgoi Christian Zirgo, and Birgit Gusenbauer

Construction "Mafia"?: Social Fraud and Organized Crime—The Austrian Perspective

Martin Meissnitzer

Organized Crime and Informal Economy: The Austrian Perspective

Maximilian Edelbacher

Symbiosis of Politics, the Shadow Economy, Corruption, and Organized Crime in the Territory of the Western Balkans: The Case of the Republic of Serbia

Branislav Simonović and Goran Bošković

The Relationship of the Shadow Economy and Corruption in China

Li Xiangxia

A Change in Activities of Japanese Organized Criminal Gangs: From Conventional Illegal Activities to Erosion to a Legal Economy

Minoru Yokoyama

Analysis Regarding the Roma Community from Romania

Sorina-Maria Cofan

Hells Angels in the Shadow Economy

Petter Gottschalk

Discourse on Gray Economy, Corruption, and the Organized Crime in Slovenia

Katja Eman, Tine Furdi, Rok Hacin, and Bojan Dobovšek

The Informal Economy in the United States: Size, Determinants, and Comparisons

David G. Baker

Human Factors and Compliance: Depth-Psychological Perspective on White and Blue Collar Crimes

Christian Felsenreich

Conclusion and Future Perspectives

Maximilian Edelbacher, Peter C. Kratcoški, and Bojan Dobovšek

About the Editors

Maximilian Edelbacher graduated from Vienna University (Mag. Jur.) and was Hofrat (Councilor) of the Federal Police of Austria. He served as the chief of the Major Crime Bureau and as an international expert for the Council of Europe, OSCE, and UNO. He also chaired the Austrian Antifraud Insurance Bureau and lectured at several universities, including the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Danube University in Krems, and the Vienna University Department of Sociology. Edelbacher was appointed a special investigator of the AVUS Group on white-collar crime cases, as vice-president of the Vienna Liaison Office, of the Academic Council on the United Nations, and as a director of the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES). He is the author of a number of books and journal articles.

Peter C. Kratcoski, PhD, is a professor emeritus and adjunct professor at Kent State University. He earned his PhD in sociology from Pennsylvania State University, University Park. He taught at the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and at Pennsylvania State University before assuming the position of assistant professor of sociology at Kent State University in 1969. He retired as professor of criminal justice studies and chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies at Kent State University in 1997. He has published many books, book chapters, and journal articles on juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, international policing, and crime prevention. He is a member of the International Police Executive Symposium, the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Bojan Dobovšek is a member of the Slovenian parliament and a full professor on the faculty of criminal justice and security at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. He earned his PhD in criminology from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is the author of a book on organized crime and terrorism and editor of several publications on corruption and organized crime. His research focuses on corruption in state institutions, corruption networks, organized crime and terrorism, economic and financial crime, migration problems and human trafficking, and art crime investigation. He served on the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption and is currently completing research on ecological crime. He is a partner of the Institute for Politikwissenschaft und Sozialforschung, University of Wurzburg, Germany, and a visiting professor on faculties in Ghent, Sarajevo, Belgrade, and Zagreb.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science