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), …

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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 …

Cosa Nostra’s System of Taxation and The Transnational Criminal Integrated System

Cosa Nostra has developed its own system of direct and indirect taxation. In the territories where Cosa Nostra is active, direct taxes are levied on workers, forced to pay several forms of extortion money, while indirect taxes are levied on the entire population resident in the territory by artificially increasing the prices of products through …

Cosa Nostra’s Political and Governance Mechanisms: National and Transnational Ties

   (Art Work: Follow the Money. By Alfio Cerami)   Cosa Nostra carries out different functions: protective, extractive, and redistributive (Tilly 1985)  that mirror those of a state and, therefore, turn the organization into something more than a simple loose confederation of organized ‘self-made’ criminals. Norm internalizations at the micro level may obtain enormous macro-level …

MassoMafia

When I arrived in Sicily I involuntarily discovered the existence of a new criminal organization: The MassoMafia. The MassoMafia refers to an ambigous connection between State, Mafia and Masonic Lodges. This was a totally new discovery for me, so new that noone had ever heard or talked about it before. In fact, the first complaint …