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Social networks of the Italian mafia; the strong and weak parts
Social networks of the Italian mafia; the strong and weak parts

Author(s): Bariş Çayli
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Central European University (CEU) - Department of Political Science

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, it is argued that a well-built, social network system has enabled the Mafia to reach a certain level of success through three main networks: members, local people, and politicians. I assert that the role of the executive power of the state has been partially supportive in this success. Moreover, this paper also concludes that to combat different Mafia groups, it is essential to know their strong and weak parts. Consequently, it is found that their well-built network system does not solely comprise of strong parts but that the weak parts also exist, albeit, that they have not yet played a defective role in the resolution of the Mafia. Therefore, this paper suggests that the illustration of both the strong and weak parts of these networks can have prominent and assisting role in the combat against the Mafia phenomenon in the future, either by strengthening the weak parts or by weakening the strong parts of its networks.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 382-412
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: English