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Organized Crime: Analyzing Illegal Activities, Criminal Structures, and Extra-legal Governance

by Klaus von Lampe SAGE Publications, Inc
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Organized Crime: Analyzing Illegal Activities, Criminal Structures and Extra-legal Governance provides a systematic overview of the processes and structures commonly labelled “organised crime,” drawing on the pertinent empirical and theoretical literature primarily from North America, Europe, and Australia. The main emphasis is placed on a comprehensive classificatory scheme that highlights underlying patterns and dynamics, rather than particular historical manifestations of organised crime. Esteemed author Klaus von Lampe strategically breaks the book down into three key dimensions: (1) illegal activities, (2) patterns of interpersonal relations that are directly or indirectly supporting these illegal activities, and (3) overarching illegal power structures that regulate and control these illegal activities and also extend their influence into the legal spheres of society. Within this framework, numerous case studies and topical issues from a variety of countries illustrate meaningful application of the conceptual and theoretical discussion.

- A coherent conceptual framework helps readers overcome the existing conceptual confusion that arises in studying organised crime.
- Numerous graphs and tables clarify and summarise key concepts and classifications so readers gain an understanding of patterns irrespective of the geographical and historical context.
- In-depth case studies bring the concept and theories to life by highlighting salient issues that demonstrate relevant application of the principles in organised crime.
- Discussion questions at the end of each chapter encourage readers to reflect and develop essential critical thinking skills.
- Research topics inspire students to conduct their own small research projects and deepen their understanding of the conceptual framework presented in the book.

PART I: aOrganized Crimea as a Construct and as an Object of StudyChapter 1: Introduction - The Study of aOrganized Crimea Phenomena Associated with aOrganized Crimea Conceptual Confusion What is the Object of Study in the Study of aOrganized Crimea?Chapter 2: The Concept of aOrganized Crimea The Conceptual History of aOrganized Crimea The Reception of the American Concept of aOrganized Crimea in Other Countries Lessons to be learned from the Conceptual History of aOrganized Crimea Overview of Definitions of aOrganized Crimea Outline of a Conceptual Framework for the Study of aOrganized Crimea The Concept of aOrganized Crimea: Summary and ConclusionChapter 3: aOrganized Crimea Research The Study of aOrganized Crimea as an Academic Sub-Discipline The History of the Study of aOrganized Crimea The Main Lines of Contemporary Research Challenges to the Study of Organized Crime Research on aOrganized Crimea: Summary and ConclusionPART II: Empirical Manifestations of aOrganized CrimeaChapter 4: Organized Criminal Activities Why Study aOrganized Criminal Activitiesa Separate From aCriminal Organizationsa? Outline of This Chapter Case Study: Cocaine Trafficking Case Study: The Trafficking in Stolen Motor Vehicles Conceptualizations of aOrganizeda Criminal Activities The Main Types of aOrganized Criminal Activitiesa Illegal Markets The Conceptualization of Particular aOrganized Criminal Activitiesa Organized Criminal Activities: Summary and ConclusionChapter 5: Criminal Structures a An Overview Case Study: Pedophile Networks Existing Classifications of Criminal Organizations The Three Basic Types of Criminal Structures: Entrepreneurial, Associational, Quasi-governmental The Basic Forms of Criminal Structures: Markets, Networks and Hierarchies The Conceptualization of Criminal Networks The Emergence and Persistence of Criminal Network Ties Criminal Structures: Summary and ConclusionChapter 6: Illegal Entrepreneurial Structures Case Study: The Lavin Enterprise The Illegal Firm Conceptualizing Illegal Entrepreneurial Structures Explaining the Structure of Illegal Firms Illegal Entrepreneurial Structures: Summary and ConclusionChapter 7: Associational Structures Case Studies of Associations of Criminals Variations across Illegal Associational Structures The Core Functions of Associational Structures Delineating Associational Structures from Entrepreneurial Structures and from Quasi-governmental Structures Associational Structures: Summary and ConclusionChapter 8: Illegal-Market Monopolies and Quasi-governmental Structures Case Study: The American Cosa Nostra Illegal-Market Monopolies and Quasi-governmental Structures Monopolies in Illegal Markets Quasi-governmental Structures Delineating Illegal-Market Monopolies and Quasi-Governmental Structures Illegal-Market Monopolies and Monopolies of Violence: Summary and ConclusionPart III: aOrganized Crimea and SocietyChapter 9: The Social Embeddedness of aOrganized Crimea The Social Embeddedness of aOrganized Crimea: Illegal Goods and Services The Social Embeddedness of aOrganized Criminalsa The Social Embeddedness of aOrganized Crimea: Summary and ConclusionChapter 10: aOrganized Crimea and Legitimate Business Conceptualizations of aOrganized Crimea and Legitimate Business Along the Dimensions of Activities, Structures and Governance aOrganized Criminalsa and Legitimate Business Racketeering: Criminal Control Over Business Sectors Business Sectors Vulnerable to Criminal Influence aOrganized Crimea and Legitimate Business: Summary and ConclusionChapter 11: aOrganized Crimea and Government Conceptualizations of aOrganized Crimea and Government: Activities, Structures and Governance The Relationship between aOrganized Crimea and Government as two Separate Entities Confrontation between aOrganized Crimea and Government aOrganized Crimea within Government The Relationship Between aOrganized Crimea and Government: Summary and ConclusionChapter 12: aTransnational Organized Crimea Transnational Criminal Activities Cross-border Mobility and Cross-border Networking of Criminals Transnational Criminal Structures The Cyberization of aOrganized Crimea and the Organization of Cybercrime aTransnational Organized Crimea and aOrganized Cybercrimea: Summary and ConclusionPART IV: The aBig Picturea and the Arsenal of CountermeasuresChapter 13: The aBig Picturea of aOrganized Crimea The Range of Phenomena that Fall under the Umbrella Concept of aOrganized Crimea Modelling aOrganized Crimea Typologies of aOrganized Crimea Trajectories in the Development of aOrganized Crimea The aBig Picturea of aOrganized Crimea: Summary and ConclusionChapter 14: Countermeasures against aOrganized Crimea Substantive Criminal Law as an Instrument against aOrganized Crimea Investigative Tools and Institutional Innovations as Instruments against aOrganized Crimea Non-Criminal Justice Approaches to Combating aOrganized Crimea Combating aOrganized Crimea: Summary and Conclusion

"Organized Crime: Analyzing illegal activities, criminal structures, and extra-legal governance is by far the most comprehensive and thoughtful treatment of the subject matter I've ever come across and I don't see this changing easily in the foreseeable future either."


Klaus von Lampe is a researcher at Freie UniversitA¤t Berlin, specializing in the study of organized crime. He holds degrees in law and political science from Freie UniversitA¤t Berlin and a doctoral degree in law/criminology from Goethe UniversitA¤t Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of numerous books on organized and economic crime.