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Organized Crime in Albania: A Path Dependence Perspective
Organized Crime in Albania: A Path Dependence Perspective

Author(s): Alban Nako, Geri Pilaca
Subject(s): Criminology, Studies in violence and power
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: Albania; organized crime; path dependence; development; legacies

Summary/Abstract: Albanian organized crime has gained attention from the media and academia due to its significant role in international criminal world. Many studies have showcased Albanian criminal groups’ main characteristics and what makes them stand out. Nevertheless, such studies lack a theoretical application that binds the findings and provides an extensive panorama of Albanian organized crime development. Implying that the formation of Albanian organized crime is not a coincidence but rather an ongoing process, this study refers to path dependence theory to explain such an occurrence. Traditionally, the study of path dependence has focused on explaining how standards or rules become reinforced and determinant in a set environment by passing through three sequential stages. Consequently, the study uses a three-phase model to analyze Albanian organized crime from its inception to its latest stage.

  • Issue Year: XXVIII/2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 245-273
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: English