Middle East-ENG2.jpg

Valdai Paper #29: Mafia: The State and the Capitalist Economy. Competition or Convergence?

13.10.2015
Basing on the Italian example, the author establishes that the modern world produces an absolutely new type of criminal communities, the Systemic Mafia Model. Mafia relies on resources of the state and the capitalist economy, reserving the right for violence. At the same time, the state's victory over mafia is an issue first and foremost tied to the potential of the state. The Italian experience demonstrates that the state, as the main target of mafia, is the only institution capable of gaining the upper hand over it.

The author draws a conclusion that mafia, which was originally looked upon as a competitor to the state, may as well transform into a factor of the world order in the future. Such prospects are at odds with the interests of the state as a political institution and would have to be confronted.

Author of the Paper:

Antonio De Bonis, expert on terrorist organizations and mafia-type organized crime, founder of GEOCRIME, a Rome-based organization conducting research on criminal phenomena.

Related articles

Re-Thinking the BRICS: On the Concepts of BRICS+ and BRICS++
07.02.2017
By building a network of economic alliances across continents the BRICS may take the lead in shaping global economic integration against the backdrop of waning integration impulses in the developed

Category:
Expert Opinions
‘America First’ in Action
26.01.2017
President Trump's prompt decision to leave the TPP alongside his appointments to key government positions show the degree to which he is determined to overcome the resistance of the establishment

Expert: 
Dmitry Suslov

Category:
Expert Opinions
Valdai Paper #60: Uncertain World Economy: Time to Manage the Global Governance
25.01.2017
The world economy enters a new phase of prolonged recession without any breakthrough in sight. International community seems no longer capable of creating new global initiatives.

Author: 
Hongyul Han

Category:
Valdai Papers