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.
Felia Allum is a lecturer in Italian history and politics at the University of Bath, UK. Her research interests are European and Italian politics and organized crime, in particular, its relationship with politics.Renate Siebert is Professor of Sociology at the University of Calabria, Italy. Her research focuses on gender, generations, the mafia and the Mezzogiorno region in particular.