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Hidden power : the strategic logic of organized crime

Author: James Cockayne
Publisher: London : C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"[This book] reveals criminal mafias determining political outcomes to suit their own agendas, and shows us how they do it - by influencing elections, changing constitutions, fomenting terrorism, waging war; negotiating peace deals and working behind the scenes in pivotal historical moments such as the Second World War and the Cuban Missile Crisis ... James Cockayne reveals a century of forgotten political-criminal  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Cockayne
ISBN: 9781849046350 1849046352
OCLC Number: 958779630
Description: xix, 476 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE A STRATEGIC APPROACH TO ORGANIZED CRIME --
1. Introduction --
Making sense of criminal power --
Entering a gallery of mirrors --
About this book --
2. The Strategic Organization of Crime --
What do we know about political-criminal interaction? --
Criminal strategy and governmental power --
Individual, network or organizational strategy? --
Social bandits and primitive criminal strategy --
Criminal capabilities --
Coercion --
Corruption --
Communications --
Command and control --
Conclusion --
pt. TWO EPISODES IN CRIMINAL STRATEGY --
3. Tammany: `How New York is Governed', 1869 --
1920 --
New York's government: machine made --
Guardians of the Revolution --
Gangs of New York --
The ghost in the machine --
Boss Tweed: Lord of the Kings --
A quest for influence --
Monarch of Manhattan --
Downfall --
Honest graft --
Conclusion --
4. Mafia Origins, 1859 --
1929 --
Origins^^^ Profiting from transition --
Organizing the Sicilian mafia --
Mafia migration --
The Black Hand --
Modern Family --
Illicit government --
The Iron Prefect --
Conclusion --
5. War and Peace in the American Mafia, 1920 --
1941 --
War --
Prohibition as a driver of innovation --
Civil war in the American mafia --
Mediation and betrayal --
Peace --
Five Families --
Coup d'etat --
A new governmental approach --
Consolidating power --
Racketeering and union power --
Gambling innovation and political finance --
Fall of a czar --
Playing kingmaker --
Mobbing up --
The Boy Scout --
Conclusion --
6. The Underworld Project, 1941 --
1943 --
`This is a war' --
Enlisting the underworld --
Regular guys --
Lucky's break --
From watchdog to attack dog --
Invading Italy --
Local knowledge --
Creating a fifth column --
Release and exile --
Conclusion --
7. Governing Sicily, 1942 --
1968 --
`A bargain has been struck^^^^ Black market rents --
"Wine and women and champagne' --
`Our good friends' --
Mafia separatism --
Confrontation, accommodation or withdrawal? --
The logic of mafia separatism --
Seeking Great Power protection --
Negotiating peace with the mafia --
A bandit army --
Settlement and betrayal --
Negotiating Sicily's transition --
A Sicilian political machine --
Wisdom of the Mob --
The sack of Palermo --
Conclusion --
8. The Cuba Joint Venture, 1933 --
1958 --
Buying into Cuba --
Rise of a strongman --
The `Batista Palace Gang' --
Gangsterismo --
A joint venture in government --
The Havana Mob --
Rebellion in the Mob --
Revolution in Cuba --
Conclusion --
9. The Blue Caribbean Ocean, 1959 --
1983 --
`A gangland style killing' --
Accommodation or confrontation? --
Internationalizing Murder, Inc. --
Seeking protection --
Subversion and its unintended consequences --
What went wrong at the Bay of Pigs?^^^s been struck^^^^ Learning from the Mob? --
Cold War wildcard: the Missile Crisis --
Did the magic button backfire? --
The Bahamas and the birth of offshore capitalism --
Invading Haiti --
Casino capitalism --
Ballots, not bullets --
Epilogue: a city by the Atlantic --
Conclusion --
pt. THREE THE MARKET FOR GOVERNMENT --
10. Strategic Criminal Positioning --
The market for government --
Intermediation: mafia logic --
Autonomy: warlordism and gang rule --
Merger: joint ventures --
Strategic alliances --
Terrorism as criminal positioning strategy --
Relocation and blue ocean strategy --
11. Innovation, Disruption and Strategy beyond the State --
Innovation and disruption --
Mexico: from narcocartels to narcocults --
The shifting sands of the Sahel --
The disruption of sovereignty --
Implications --
War and strategy beyond the state --
Combating criminal governmentality --
Managing criminal spoilers in peace and transition processes^^^uck^^^^ Envoi: the rise of criminal statecraft.
Responsibility: James Cockayne.

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