Introduction: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”: Transnational Perspectives on the Extralegal Field

  • Abel Polese
  • Alessandra RussoEmail author
  • Francesco Strazzari
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The Introduction sets the conceptual boundaries of the debate with which the whole collection of chapters engages. On the one hand, it refers to the different strands of literature which have dealt with notions of informality, licitness/illicitness, legality/extralegality, and criminalization. On the other, it defines the fil rouge weaving together the book contributions around three main axes: (1) the social morality of crime; (2) the “people versus state” opposition; (3) informality and resistance.



This research was partly supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange scheme within the H2020 Programme (grant acronym: SHADOW, no.: 778118) as well as the Initiative d’excellence (IdEx) de l’université de Bordeaux funded through the French government’s instrument Investissements d’Avenir (IdEx grant no. 2016–0034).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abel Polese
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alessandra Russo
    • 3
    Email author
  • Francesco Strazzari
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Law & GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  2. 2.Institute of International StudiesTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia
  3. 3.Centre Émile DurkheimSciences Po BordeauxPessacFrance
  4. 4.DIRPOLIS Institute of Law, Politics and DevelopmentScuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPisaItaly

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