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Electoral Competition and Violence in Italy: The Challenge of Organized Crime (1983-2003)

A public lecture by Salvatore Sberna, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence

Thursday, June 10, 2010
12:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

What most people know about Italian criminal organizations comes from stereotypical representations in popular culture – films and literature. This talk offers the opportunity to look at those organizations through an analysis of real-world data, such as judicial investigations and crime statistics. The evaluation of the anti-mafia policies in Italy dismisses many of the accepted myths about Italian mafias over the last decades. At the same time, it reveals all the obstacles on the way to disrupt criminal networks at local level. Using a unique dataset on the penetration of organized crime in 183 municipalities in Italy, Salvatore Sberna, Fulbright Visiting Researcher at CEES, will present the early results of a study on criminal violence and elections in Italy (1983-2003). The findings will show how those organizations can exploit violence, and more often the threat of it, to influence elections.


Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies

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