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Gangster states : organized crime, kleptocracy and political collapse

Author: Katherine Hirschfeld
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Series: International political economy series (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Gangsterism, extortion and racketeering are currently viewed as deviant, pathological behaviors that are disconnected from formal political and economic structures, and often excluded from analysis in the fields of political science and economics. A critical reconsideration of organized crime reveals that the evolution of racketeering in systems of exchange should be understood as a natural phenomenon that can be  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Hirschfeld
ISBN: 9781137490285 1137490284 1137490292 9781137490292
OCLC Number: 893451572
Description: xiv, 176 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. What is Organized Crime? --
3. Failing Economics --
4. The Evolution of Racketeering --
5. Organized Crime and Kleptocracy --
6. Things Fall Apart ... and Rebuild --
7. Darwinian Political Economy.
Series Title: International political economy series (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Responsibility: Katherine Hirschfeld, Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma, USA.
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The author draws on behavioral ecology to predict the evolution of organized crime in unregulated systems of exchange and the further development of racketeer economies into unstable kleptocratic  Read more...


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