Corruption and Organized Crime in Europe

Illegal partnerships

By Philip Gounev, Vincenzo Ruggiero

© 2012 – Routledge

228 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In Corruption and Organised Crime in Europe, Gounev and Ruggiero present a discussion of the relation between organized criminals and corruption in the EU’s 27 Member States. The book draws on research and scholarly work the editors carried out, respectively, within the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in Bulgaria, and within academic institutions, as well as on behalf of the European Commission and the United Nations.

Combining empirical data and theoretical debates, the book focuses on three main areas of the relationship between corruption and organised crime: public bodies, the private sector and criminal markets. It presents the findings of a recent research project carried out by the CSD on behalf of the European Commission, providing an analysis of the specific national contexts in which corruption and organized crime thrive. The essays also address institutional responses and policies, focusing particularly on how EU Member States attempt to sever the links between the official economy, the political sphere and organized crime.

The second part of the book presents case studies, written by some of the foremost international experts on the subject matter, analysing corrupt exchange and criminal organisations, concentrating on specific European countries – Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK. As the first comprehensive study of corruption and organised crime in the countries of the European Union, the book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of criminology, sociology, law and international politics, as well policy makers and law-enforcement agencies.

Table of Contents

Part I. 1. Introduction: The Organisation of Crime by Vincenzo Ruggiero 2. Corruption and the Disappearance of the Victim by Vincenzo Ruggiero and Philip Gounev 3. Organised Crime, Corruption and Public Bodies by Tihomir Bezlov and Philip Gounev 4. Organised Crime, Corruption and the Private Sector by Philip Gounev 5. Corruption and Criminal Markets by Philip Gounev and Tihomir Bezlov Part II: Case Studies 6. Bulgaria: Corruption and Organised Crime in Flux by Tihomir Bezlov and Philip Gounev 7. France: from Local Elites to Presidents by Nacer Lalam 8. Greece: The Politics of Crime by Georgios A. Antonopoulos and Nikolai Tagarov 9. Italy: Who Corrupts Whom? by Vincenzo Ruggiero 10. Russia: Corruption, Organised Crime and the Free Market by Paddy Rawlinson 11. Spain: A Criminal Hub by Alejandra Gómez-Céspedes 12. Corruption and Organised Crime in the UK by Sappho Xenakis. Bibliography.

About the Authors

Philip Gounev is Senior Analyst and expert on crime and corruption at the Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria. Dr Gounev leads Bulgaria’s annual National Crime Survey. He has managed a number of EU-wide and national studies and projects on organised-crime and corruption. Dr Gounev holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Vincenzo Ruggiero is Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University in London. He has conducted research on behalf of many national and international bodies, including the Home Office, the ESRC, the European Commission and the United Nations. He has published extensively in a variety of criminological and sociological areas, and his previous books include: Organised and Corporate Crime in Europe (1996); The New European Criminology (1998, co-edited); Crime and Markets (2000); Economic and Financial Crime (2002, co-edited); Crime in Literature (2003); Understanding Political Violence (2006); Social Movements: A Reader (2008, co-edited) and Penal Abolitionism (2010).

About the Series

Organizational Crime

This new Routledge series expands the meaning of Organizational Crime to include all criminality that can be analysed through the lenses of organization theory and the theory of the firm, thus encompassing old and new forms of organized crime. Its themes will centre on 'business as crime', but also on 'crime as business', therefore focusing on both respectable and conventional offenders, on deviant business groups as well as criminal organizations, and finally on partnerships between the two.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General