Mitchell Centre Seminar Series
|Starts:||16:00 22 Mar 2017|
|Ends:||16:00 22 Mar 2017|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Speaker: Federico Varese
Title: A new framework for Organized Crime and an empirical exploration using UK data
(paper co-authored with P Campana)
The paper argues that Organized Crime (OC) should be understood as comprising a set of different activities, which mirror activities in legal markets. Three key such activities are: production of illegal goods and services; trade of the same goods and services; and the governance of markets, what normally Mafias do. We expect that the level of cooperation within and between groups to differ depending on the type of activity undertaken.
We explore some implication of the OC framework on a comprehensive data set extracted from a British Police Force database. The data include crimes committed by individuals belonging to organised crime groups committed over the course of five years (2010-2015) in cooperation with other members, or on their own. We also have access to information on all recorded organized crime groups in the Police Force’s territory, data on each group international reach (or lack of), and each individual standing within each group. We map the network of collaboration of individuals and explore which kind of crime activities (governance /production/trade/theft and fraud) leads to cooperation between members of organized crime groups.
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