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An exploration of a global during which states and mafias compete in a ""market for government,"" and never merely states, but in addition a few legal teams make war.

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Contemporary legitimate businesses do not, usually, take on that 25 HIDDEN POWER role. Conversely, criminal groups use certain means to compete—violence and corruption—which are ruled out for legitimate firms. 79 â•… It should be no surprise, therefore, that some criminal organizations deliberately develop collusive and even collaborative arrangements with upperworld political actors, maximizing each organization’s governmental power within their own territorial, social or commercial sphere of influence.

120 Social bandits usually struggle to establish a coherent social programme and typically do not emerge as governmental rivals to states, remaining vehicles for social protest. They are, in Hobsbawm’s terms, ‘primitive rebels’. As we shall see in the brief study in Chapter 7 of Salvatore Giuliano, the famous Sicilian bandit with ties to the mafia, bandit strategy is also rather primitive. As Hobsbawm has decisively shown, bandits tend to be men of action, not deep thinkers. They are ‘activists and not ideologists or prophets from whom novel visions or plans of social and political organization are to be expected’, tough leaders who ‘hack out the way’ rather than ‘discover it’.

6 Yet to date there has been limited consideration of whether crime is organized ‘strategically’. â•… Strategy is about how actors relate means to ends. 8 This chapter provides an analytical framework for considering whether crime is ever organized strategically. It begins with a brief review of what existing scholarship has to say about criminal strategy in collaborating with political actors (a section casual readers can safely skip). The chapter then considers four questions: first, do criminal 15 HIDDEN POWER groups have strategic goals?

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