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From Mafia to Organised Crime: a comparative analysis of policing models

Goal: The book is out on SpringerLink and on Ebook and soon in hard copy!

Critical CriminologicalPerspectives, Palgrave Macmillan-Springer
http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319535678


This book presents primary research conducted in Italy, USA, Australia and the UK on countering strategies and institutional perceptions of Italian mafias and local organized crime groups. Through interviews and interpretation of original documents, this study firstly demonstrates the interaction between institutional understanding of the criminal threats and historical events that have shaped these perceptions. Secondly, it combines analysis of policies and criminal law provisions to identify how policing models which combat mafia and organised crime activities are organized and constructed in each country within a comparative perspective.
After presenting the similarities between the four differing policing models, Sergi pushes the comparison further by identifying both conceptual and procedural convergences and divergences across both the four models and within international frameworks. By looking at topics as varied as mafia mobility, money laundering, drug networks and gang violence, this book ultimately seeks to reconsider the conceptualizations of both mafia and organized crime from a socio-behavioural and cultural perspective.

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The eighth chapter places the four policing models against mafia and organised crime in Italy, US, Australia and UK, within international frameworks, with specific focus to contributions from the United Nations and the European Union. The aim of this chapter is to reflect on the challenges of policy transfer and harmonisation within a perspective that considers the problems of legal asymmetries for international cooperation. It reflects upon the internationalisation of labels such as mafia and organised crime and the difficulty to transfer these labels across national and international policies without an integration of cultural perspectives.
The introduction sets the aims of the book. It described the different stages and places of the data collection and the theoretical frameworks of comparative studies in criminal justice within which the data has been analysed. It sets the expectations on methodology and theoretical underpinnings on mafia and organised crime guiding the following chapters.
The seventh chapter looks at the four national models from Italy, US, Australia and UK together to identify conceptual and procedural convergences across them. Among the conceptual convergences, the chapter highlights the “follow the money” strategy, the understanding of organised crime as involving trafficking and the glocal and transnational character of organised crime. Among procedural convergences, the chapter discusses provisions against money laundering and proceeds of crime, the criminalisation of activities of organised crime and the focus on prevention. The chapter also focuses on emerging trends such as mafia mobility, social prevention and focus on unexplained wealth as worth mentioning across the four models.
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"Dear Dr. Sergi,
I would like to inform you that we will incorporate the corrections to the final proof and then publish the book upon finalized. We have planned to publish the book by 7th May."
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Webpage ready -
First quotes from reviewers and cover page coming soon!
 
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The book is in production - due date July 2017
This book presents primary research conducted in Italy, USA, Australia and the UK on countering strategies and institutional perceptions of Italian mafias and local organized crime groups. Through interviews and interpretation of original documents, this study firstly demonstrates the interaction between institutional understanding of the criminal threats and historical events that have shaped these perceptions. Secondly, it combines analysis of policies and criminal law provisions to identify how policing models which combat mafia and organised crime activities are organized and constructed in each country within a comparative perspective.
After presenting the similarities between the four differing policing models, Sergi pushes the comparison further by identifying both conceptual and procedural convergences and divergences across both the four models and within international frameworks. By looking at topics as varied as mafia mobility, money laundering, drug networks and gang violence, this book ultimately seeks to reconsider the conceptualizations of both mafia and organized crime from a socio-behavioural and cultural perspective.
 
Anna Sergi
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The book is out on SpringerLink and on Ebook and soon in hard copy!
Critical CriminologicalPerspectives, Palgrave Macmillan-Springer
This book presents primary research conducted in Italy, USA, Australia and the UK on countering strategies and institutional perceptions of Italian mafias and local organized crime groups. Through interviews and interpretation of original documents, this study firstly demonstrates the interaction between institutional understanding of the criminal threats and historical events that have shaped these perceptions. Secondly, it combines analysis of policies and criminal law provisions to identify how policing models which combat mafia and organised crime activities are organized and constructed in each country within a comparative perspective.
After presenting the similarities between the four differing policing models, Sergi pushes the comparison further by identifying both conceptual and procedural convergences and divergences across both the four models and within international frameworks. By looking at topics as varied as mafia mobility, money laundering, drug networks and gang violence, this book ultimately seeks to reconsider the conceptualizations of both mafia and organized crime from a socio-behavioural and cultural perspective.