Gli obiettivi e i risultati della ricerca

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[automatically translated] The text presents the research program undertaken by Rocco Chinnici Foundation and coordinated by A. Spina, whose first result is the volume of the costs of illegality - Mafia and extortion in Sicily. The culture of lawlessness, widespread in the South, is one of the major obstacles to economic and social development of this area. Most of the quantitative estimates, which also exist, leave something to be desired in terms of consistency, controllability and reliability of the path followed by their formulation (as illustrated in the text). You need to identify precisely and with greater caution than has been done in the past, and through controllable methodological paths, both the features and quantitative dimensions of the illegal phenomena, both their direct and indirect economic consequences. When speaking of illegality in the context of the South is often definitely (and exclusively) refer to violations of criminal laws by Mafia organizations. This is certainly the most significant form of illegality, although not the only one. There are other forms of illegality (which are relevant in a context such as the southern hemisphere), as the hidden exchange, connected to corruption or bribery; the "weak law", namely the ineffectiveness and / or distortion of the relevant rules for economic activity, other than those of criminal law; common crime. The research has focused on the illegality attributable to the mafia, to quantitatively analyze the costs, with particular reference to extortion. Since, given the nature of the phenomenon, the statements of possible extortion victims are necessarily unreliable, it was decided to make use of much less elusive data, ie the results of the judicial investigation, that today in many cases photographing objectively (through wiretaps, finds lists, registers, ledgers and "pizzini" revelations of collaborators of justice, equity and banking inquiries) the activities of the mafia. Based on such information, the research team has built a large database and formulated a monetary estimate of the cost of extortion through a controllable path. Today in many cases photographing objectively (through wiretaps, finds lists, registers, ledgers and "Pizzini" revelations of collaborators of justice, equity and banking inquiries) the activities of the mafia. Based on such information, the research team has built a large database and formulated a monetary estimate of the cost of extortion through a controllable path. Today in many cases photographing objectively (through wiretaps, finds lists, registers, ledgers and "Pizzini" revelations of collaborators of justice, equity and banking inquiries) the activities of the mafia. Based on such information, the research team has built a large database and formulated a monetary estimate of the cost of extortion through a controllable path.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationI costi dell'illegalità. Mafia ed estorsioni in Sicilia.
Pages17-40
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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