Book Review. Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories, by Federico Varese

Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2011, 288 pp
  • Giulia Berlusconi

The idea that mafias are able to expand in distant territories to conduct their illegal activities dates back to the rise of the alien conspiracy approach to organized crime in the 1950s, although only in recent years influential scholars have started using the expression “transnational organized crime” to refer to this phenomenon (e.g., Williams 2001; Shelley et al. 2003). These claims, however, have never been supported by empirical research and only recently the interest in the mobility of criminal groups has generated a small but significant number of studies (Varese 2006a, b; Morselli et al. 2011; Campana 2011a, b). The special issue of Global Crime on “Spatial Mobility and Organized Crime” (volume 12, issue 3, 2011) further attests that the understanding of the transnational spread of mafia groups and its drivers is an open issue in organized crime research.

Mafias on the Moveplaces itself in this branch of research by providing a detailed account of successful and unsuccessful...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and TranscrimeMilanItaly
  2. 2.Università Cattolica di MilanoMilanItaly

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