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The Failure of Organized Crime Control
In the United States, the popular symbols of organised crime are still Depression-era figures such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Meyer Lansky - thought to be heads of giant, hierarchically organised mafias. In Double Crossed, Michael Woodiwiss challenges perpetuated myths to reveal a more disturbing reality of organised crime - one in which government officials and the wider establishment are deeply complicit.
Delving into attempts to implement policies to control organised crime in the US, Italy and the UK, Woodiwiss reveals little-known manifestations of organised crime among the political and corporate establishment. A follow up to his 2005 Gangster Capitalism, Woodiwiss broadens and brings his argument up to the present by examining those who constructed and then benefited from myth making. These include the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, opportunistic American politicians and officials and, more recently, law enforcement bureaucracies, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Organised crime control policies now tend to legitimise repression and cover-up failure. They do little to control organised crime. While the US continues to export its organised crime control template to the rest of the world, opportunities for successful criminal activity proliferate at local, national and global levels, making successful prosecutions irrelevant.
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'Brings solid historical evidence and analysis to the task of refuting conventional wisdom that prefers to see organized crime as something external from our capitalistic political, economic and social systems' -- Margaret Beare, author of Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering and Corruption (2003) 'As one of the foremost thinkers on organized crime, Mike Woodiwiss rarely disappoints. In this book, he is on great form' -- Kristofer Allerfeldt, University of Exeter, Author of Crime and the Rise of Modern America: A History 1865-1941 'Mike Woodiwiss has dedicated his career to unpacking the often toxic packaging surrounding the concept of organized crime. In Double Crossed, he focusses on the myths of organized crime, its social, economic and legal constructions and, most importantly, the architects and beneficiaries of this myth making' -- Professor Dick Hobbs, Author of Lush Life: Constructing Organized Crime in the UK