This innovative book investigates the paradoxical situation whereby organized crime groups, authoritarian in nature and anti-democratic in practice, perform at their best in democratic countries. It uses examples from the United States, Japan, Russia, South America, France, Italy and the European Union.
'A contemporary assessment of the relationships among the State, civil society, politics, and organized crime in different cultural contexts.' - International Association for the Study of Organized Crime
'The volume presents a broad palette of fresh work on organised crime and democracy ... [it] stakes out a stimulating, international, interdisciplinary research program.' - Global Crime