WorldCat Identities

Gambetta, Diego 1952-

Works: 39 works in 180 publications in 5 languages and 3,847 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Surveys 
Roles: Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: HV6453.I83, 303.625
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Most widely held works by Diego Gambetta
Making sense of suicide missions by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
30 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Suicide attacks are a defining act of political violence and an extraordinary social phenomenon. This book investigates the organizers of suicide missions and the perpetrators alike"--Provided by publisher
The Sicilian Mafia : the business of private protection by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
23 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blood ceremonies, obscure symbols, elaborate codes, brutal executions: the arcane remnants of a defunct culture? The Mafia, this book suggests, is not nearly as bizarre as all that, not nearly as remote as we might think. In fact, as Diego Gambetta's analysis unfolds, the Mafia begins to resemble any other business. In a society where trust is in short supply, this business sells protection, a guarantee of safe conduct for commercial and social transactions. It grudgingly shares the market with other concerns like itself, of which it is merely the most successful. The author develops his elegant economic theory with ample evidence, much of it based on the remarkable work done by Judge Giovanni Falcone and his colleagues in Palermo and Agrigento in the 1980s. Drawing on the confessions of eight Mafiosi and the trials their revelations triggered, Gambetta is able to explain all manner of peculiar Mafia marketing strategies that have been endlessly misinterpreted in the past. He makes illuminating - and unexpected - comparisons between the business of protection and ordinary industries, such as automotive insurance, and advertising. And he teases out the subtle distinctions between protection and extortion, in which the protector himself poses a threat. This new approach reshapes traditional interpretations of the Mafia - its origins, functions, and social consequences. Applying informal economic analysis, Gambetta shows how such a recognized evil can perform a real service, and how such a recognizable service can inflict great harm on a society
Codes of the underworld : how criminals communicate by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"How do criminals communicate with each other? Unlike the rest of us, people planning crimes can't freely advertise their goods and services, nor can they rely on formal institutions to settle disputes and certify quality. They face uniquely intense dilemmas as they grapple with the basic problems of whom to trust, how to make themselves trusted, and how to handle information without being detected by rivals or police. In this book, one of the world's leading scholars of the mafia ranges from ancient Rome to the gangs of modern Japan, from the prisons of Western countries to terrorist and pedophile rings, to explain how despite these constraints, many criminals successfully stay in business." "Diego Gambetta shows that as villains balance the lure of criminal reward against the fear of dire punishment, they are inspired to unexpected feats of subtlety and ingenuity in communication. He uncovers the logic of the often bizarre ways in which inveterate and occasional criminals solve their dilemmas, such as why the tattoos and scars etched on a criminal's body function as lines on a professional resume, why inmates resort to violence to establish their position in the prison pecking order, and why mobsters are partial to nicknames and imitate the behavior they see in mafia movies. Even deliberate self-harm and the disclosure of their crimes are strategically employed by criminals to convey important messages."--BOOK JACKET
Trust : making and breaking cooperative relations by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
14 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Were they pushed or did they jump? : individual decision mechanisms in education by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
18 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Streetwise : how taxi drivers establish their customers' trustworthiness by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Driving a taxi is a difficult job. Picking up a bad customer can leave the driver in a vulnerable position, and erring even once can prove fatal. To protect themselves, taxi drivers must quickly and accurately assess the trustworthiness of complete strangers. In Streetwise, Diego Gambetta and Heather Hamill take this predicament as a prototypical example of many trust decisions, where people must act on limited information and judge another person's trustworthiness based on signs that may or may not be honest indicators of that person's character or intent. Gambetta and Hamill analyze the behavior of cabbies in two cities where driving a taxi is especially perilous: New York City, where drivers have been the targets of frequent and violent robberies, and Belfast, Northern Ireland, a divided metropolis where drivers have been swept up in the region's sectarian violence." "Based on in-depth ethnographic research, Streetwise lets drivers describe in their own words how they seek to determine the threat posed by each potential passenger."--Jacket
La mafia siciliana : un'industria della protezione privata by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
11 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Il compromesso difficile : forme di rappresentanza e rapporti di classe dal centrosinistra al compromesso storico by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
4 editions published in 1978 in Italian and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
El sentido de las misiones suicidas ( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Long Shadow of Income on Trustworthiness by John Ermisch ( )
5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and German and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
We employ a behavioural measure of trustworthiness obtained from an experiment carried out with a sample of the general British population whose individuals were extensively interviewed on earlier occasions. These previous interviews allow us to have very good income measures, and in particular to construct a measure of relative income that uses past income as a reference point. Our basic finding is that given past income, higher current income increases trustworthiness and, given current income, higher past income reduces trustworthiness. Past income determines the level of financial aspirations and whether or not these are fulfilled by the level of current income affects trustworthiness. But past income has a disproportionately large effect on trustworthiness compared to that predicted by the relative income theory, and this leads us to suspect that past income may also capture heterogeneity in relevant subjects dispositions, with more opportunistic subjects being less trustworthy and having higher average incomes. We suggest and estimate a two-tier model in which relative income has the same positive effect within each past income class, but people in higher past income classes have a lower fundamental levels of trustworthiness
La retorica della riforma : fine del sistema proporzionale in Italia by Steven Warner ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in Italian and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La mafia siciliana : el negocio de la protección privada by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Firma der Paten die sizilianische Mafia und ihre Geschäftspraktiken by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in German and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Le strategie della fiducia : indagini sulla razionalità della cooperazione ( Book )
5 editions published in 1989 in Italian and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
People's trust : the design of a survey-based experiment by John Ermisch ( )
6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this paper we present the design of a two-stage experiment which aims to measure trusting and trustworthiness in a representative sample of the British population. In the first part we discuss the shortcomings of the most common design of the 'trust-game' experiment in eliciting information about clear and cogent notions of trusting and trustworthiness, and in the second part we present an alternative design, which we call the 'framed binary trust game'. The basic design will be administered to a sample of 200 subjects who were formerly members of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). In the third part of the paper, we extend this design to allow the 'truster' to purchase some information about the 'trustee' so as to make the experiment a better representation of real-life trust decisions. We plan in a second stage to run the extended experiment on a larger sample of about 1000 subjects"--Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit web site
Per amore o per forza? : le decisioni scolastiche individuali by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
2 editions published in 1990 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'offerta di lavoro giovanile in Piemonte by Piemonte ( Book )
3 editions published in 1981 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Concatenations of mechanisms by Diego Gambetta ( Book )
3 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Civisme versus corruption ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mafia: i costi della sfiducia by Diego Gambetta ( )
in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Gambetta, D. 1952-
English (117)
Italian (30)
Spanish (6)
German (2)
French (1)