Bringing the State Back In: War Making and State Making as Organized Crime

  title={Bringing the State Back In: War Making and State Making as Organized Crime},
  author={Charles Tilly},
  • C. Tilly
  • Published 1 September 1985
  • Political Science
Warning If protection rackets represent organized crime at its smoothest, then war making and state making – quintessential protection rackets with the advantage of legitimacy – qualify as our largest examples of organized crime. Without branding all generals and statesmen as murderers or thieves, I want to urge the value of that analogy. At least for the European experience of the past few centuries, a portrait of war makers and state makers as coercive and self-seeking entrepreneurs bears a… 
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