The paradoxes of organized crime

  title={The paradoxes of organized crime},
  author={Letizia Paoli},
  journal={Crime, Law and Social Change},
  • L. Paoli
  • Published 2002
  • Law
  • Crime, Law and Social Change
The paper argues that the concept of organised crime inconsistently incorporates the following notions: a) the provision of illegal goods and services and b) a criminal organization, understood as a large-scale collectivity, primarily engaged in illegal activities with a well-defined collective identity and subdivision of work among its members. Against this superimposition, the author's contention is twofold: (1) The supply of illegal commodities mainly takes place in a `disorganized' way and… 
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