Gangster States

Organized Crime, Kleptocracy and Political Collapse

  • Katherine Hirschfeld

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 129-176

About this book


The author draws on behavioral ecology to predict the evolution of organized crime in unregulated systems of exchange and the further development of racketeer economies into unstable kleptocratic states. The result is a new model that explains the expansion and contraction of political-economic complexity in prehistoric and contemporary societies.


cold war crime democracy development economy Europe Mafia political economy violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Katherine Hirschfeld
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  1. 1.University of OklahomaUSA

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