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Strategies of Secession and Counter-Secession

State, Market and Organised Crime: Political-Criminal Networks and Local Governance in Campania Region

Vittorio Martone
Università degli Studi di Torino
Vittorio Martone
Università degli Studi di Torino

If we consider economic, social or environmental aspects, Naples’s conurbation is an area affected by an unusual development. In the mainstream thesis, this is the result to the spread of political and administrative clientelism, with violent support of organized crime. Here, clientelism and the organized crime are two different worlds, both heritages of sociocultural tradition, both “pathologies” in the State building process. To critically discuss that thesis, we want to take into consideration the role of politico-criminal networks in Campania Region in the broader process of social regulation of local governance. We want to show how, in a system of transversal networks, the camorra clans become stakeholders, strictly connected with the State and market. We show the result of an empirical research on the construction industry and waste management in the north of Campania Region, where, one of the most powerful mafia group in Italy, the Casalesi, is historically rooted.
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