, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 225-226,
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Date: 27 May 2012

Review of Varese, F., Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories

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The transnational character of organized crime has become a concern for policy makers. It is also a controversial topic of academic debates. While some authors believe that organized crime groups have developed as criminal multinational corporations, and they can go to any places in which easy money can be made, others claim that these organizations have structural deficiencies and they are unable to play a major role in transnational illegal activities. Varese’s new book is a timely work to study mafia transplantation from a new perspective.

Varese’s central question is why in some cases mafia transplantation succeeded while in others it failed. Varese uses both successful and unsuccessful cases to support his argument. The successful cases are Sicilian mafia in New York, ‘Ndrangheta in Bardonecchia in northern Italy, and Russian mafia in Hungary. The failed cases include Sicilian mafia in Argentina, ‘Ndrangheta in Verona in northern Italy, Russian mafia in Rome, and triad societies fr ...