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Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Part I: Organized Crime as a Construct and as an Object of Study Chapter 1: Introduction - The Study of Organized Crime Phenomena Associated With Organized Crime Conceptual Confusion What Is the Object of Study in the Study of Organized Crime? Chapter 2: The Concept of Organized Crime The Conceptual History of Organized Crime The Reception of the American Concept of Organized Crime in Other Countries Lessons to Be Learned From the Conceptual History of Organized Crime Overview of Definitions of Organized Crime Outline of a Conceptual Framework for the Study of Organized Crime The Concept of Organized Crime: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 3: Organized Crime Research The Study of Organized Crime as an Academic Subdiscipline The History of the Study of Organized Crime The Main Lines of Contemporary Research Challenges to the Study of Organized Crime Research on Organized Crime: Summary and Conclusion PART II: Empirical Manifestations of Organized Crime Introduction to Part II Chapter 4: Organized Criminal Activities Why Study Organized Criminal Activities Separate From Criminal Organizations? Outline of This Chapter Case Study: Cocaine Trafficking Case Study: The Trafficking in Stolen Motor Vehicles Conceptualizations of Organized Criminal Activities The Main Types of Organized Criminal Activities Illegal Markets The Conceptualization of Particular Organized Criminal Activities Organized Criminal Activities: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 5: Criminal Structures - An Overview Introduction Case Study: Pedophile Networks Existing Classifications of Criminal Organizations The Three Basic Types of Criminal Structures The Basic Forms of Criminal Structures: Markets, Networks, and Hierarchies The Conceptualization of Criminal Networks The Emergence and Persistence of Criminal Network Ties Criminal Structures: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 6: Illegal Entrepreneurial Structures Introduction Case Study: The Lavin Enterprise The Illegal Firm Conceptualizing Illegal Entrepreneurial Structures Explaining the Structure of Illegal Firms Illegal Entrepreneurial Structures: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 7: Associational Structures Introduction Case Studies of Associations of Criminals Variations Across Illegal Associational Structures The Core Functions of Associational Structures Delineating Associational Structures from Entrepreneurial Structures and from Quasi-Governmental Structures Associational Structures: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 8: Illegal-Market Monopolies and Quasi-Governmental Structures Introduction Case Study: The American Cosa Nostra Illegal-Market Monopolies and Quasi-Governmental Structures Monopolies in Illegal Markets Quasi-Governmental Structures Delineating Illegal-Market Monopolies and Quasi-Governmental Structures Illegal-Market Monopolies and Monopolies of Violence: Summary and Conclusion Part III: Organized Crime and Society Chapter 9: The Social Embeddedness of Organized Crime Introduction The Social Embeddedness of Organized Crime: Illegal Goods and Services The Social Embeddedness of Organized Criminals The Social Embeddedness of Organized Crime: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 10: Organized Crime and Legitimate Business Introduction Conceptualizations of Organized Crime and Legitimate Business Along the Dimensions of Activities, Structures, and Governance Organized Criminals and Legitimate Business Racketeering: Criminal Control Over Business Sectors Business Sectors Vulnerable to Criminal Influence Organized Crime and Legitimate Business: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 11: Organized Crime and Government Introduction Conceptualizations of Organized Crime and Government: Activities, Structures, and Governance The Relationship Between Organized Crime and Government as Two Separate Entities Organized Crime within Government The Relationship Between Organized Crime and Government: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 12: Transnational Organized Crime Introduction Transnational Criminal Activities Cross-Border Mobility and Cross-Border Networking of Criminals Transnational Criminal Structures The Cyberization of Organized Crime and the Organization of Cybercrime Transnational Organized Crime and Organized Cybercrime: Summary and Conclusion Note PART IV: The Big Picture and the Arsenal of Countermeasures Introduction to Part IV Chapter 13: The Big Picture of Organized Crime Introduction The Range of Phenomena That Fall Under the Umbrella Concept of Organized Crime Modelling Organized Crime Typologies of Organized Crime Trajectories in the Development of Organized Crime The Big Picture of Organized Crime: Summary and Conclusion Chapter 14: Countermeasures Against Organized Crime Introduction Substantive Criminal Law as an Instrument Against Organized Crime Investigative Tools and Institutional Innovations as Instruments Against Organized Crime Non-Criminal Justice Approaches to Combating 'Organized Crime' Combating Organized Crime: Summary and Conclusion Bibliography Index

About the Author

Klaus von Lampe is an associate professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He teaches courses in the areas of criminology, comparative criminal justice and international criminal justice. Prior to coming to John Jay College in 2008, he has, for many years, directed the Organized Crime Research Project at Free University Berlin, Germany, and practiced law as an attorney with a specialization in representing victims of investment fraud. Dr. von Lampe is the author, co-author and co-editor of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles on crime, crime prevention and corruption with a special focus on the illegal cigarette trade, illegal power structures, and transnational crime. Since 2007, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Trends in Organized Crime and a past President (2012-2013) of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime.

Reviews

" It is without question, the most comprehensive and robust treatment of organized crime research, theories and perspectives that has been published to date."
-- Frederick T. Martens
"This book makes an important contribution to the academic literature. It moves well beyond the usual examination of "mafia" groups that has dominated the organized crime literature for years."
-- Robert Lombardo
"(...) the reading is engaging, due to the concise expression and the short length of the chapters that permit the best absorption of elaborate concepts (...) although the topic itself is complex and eludes exhaustive presentation, von Lampe uses his extensive knowledge to present the pivotal developments in the field of organised crime (...)" -- Elena Sciandra

"This is a major contribution to the literature. I like it enormously, and although I do not use a single text I recommend to my transnational organized crime class that if they buy one book it should be 'Organized Crime: Analyzing illegal activities, criminal structures, and extra-legal governance."

-- Phil Williams

"Organized Crime: Analyzing illegal activities, criminal structures, and extra-legal governance is by far the most comprehensive and thoughtful treatment of the subject matter I've ever come across and I don't see this changing easily in the foreseeable future either."

-- Georgios Antonopoulos & Georgios Papanicolaou

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