The Camorra: Political Criminality in Italy

Voorkant
Routledge, 18 aug. 2005 - 234 pagina's
Over the last twenty years the camorra of Naples and the surrounding region has risen to a level of strength rivalling that of the Sicilian mafia.

This is not a new organization: the Camorra first emerged in the last century, several decades before the mafia. Tom Behan traces the history of the organization from its inception to the present. Until the 1970s the extent of its influence fluctuated, although it always maitained close relationships with the politiciains of the region. However, since the 1970s new and more powerful forms of camorra have developed: Raffaele Cutola's 'mass camorra' of unemployed youth specialise in protection rackets, Lorenzo Nuvoletta's 'business camorra' has reinvested drug money into construction following the 1980 earthquake, and Carmine Alfieri's 'political camorra' has become extremely profitable through its ability to obtain public sector contracts.

The Camorra is a fascinating account of the transformation of the small-time cigarette smugglers of the 1960s to the international entrepreneurs of the 1990s.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The origins of the Camorra and the Mafia
9
Chapter 2 The postwar development of the Camorra
31
Chapter 3 The administrative economy and the 1980 earthquake
59
Chapter 4 The business Camorra of the Nuvoletta gang
75
Chapter 5 The Cirillo affair
91
Chapter 6 How the Camorra works
107
Chapter 7 Criminal politics
131
Chapter 8 Who will stop the Camorra?
155
Conclusion
173
Notes
191
Index
219

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Over de auteur (2005)

Tom Behan lived in Naples from 1979 to 1985, where he witnessed many of the events described in this book at close hand. He has since lectured in Italian Politics at the University of Reading and at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is currently lecturer in Italian at the University of Glasgow.

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