Cosa Nostra’s Criminal-Fare Regime

As in many other modern societies, Cosa Nostra has also established its own welfare regime able to play key social stratification and de-commodifying functions (see Esping-Andersen 1990). These, in turn, help to stabilize and consolidate the criminal system. The ‘criminal-fare regime’ is based on the professional affiliation of members and has its source of financing …

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The Transnational-Based Criminal Market Economy

Cosa Nostra, as a state-tied organization, functions on the basis of the revenues collected in the legal and illegal labor market. In a recent study produced by the association SOS Impresa (SOS Enterprise) with data collected by the Italian Ministry of Interior and various other sources (including civic society associations and face-to-face interviews with victims), …

The Political Regime of Cosa Nostra: Between Independentist and Consociational Pressures

During the decades, Cosa Nostra has also established its own peculiar political system of interest representation made up of an executive, a legislative and a legal branch. The separation of powers, as elucidated by Montesquieu (1977) in The Spirit of the Laws, is not present in the form observed in modern democracies. Similarities, however, do …