Mafiosi, politici, pentiti

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So far, sociological studies on organized crime appear to be theoretically incomplete when it comes to dealing with the role of state witnesses. State witnesses are inconvenient people for everyone – for judges, politicians, mafiosi, even their own relatives – they cannot lead a normal life like everybody else. Even if their usefulness is acknowledged, they are still perceived as mafiosi and thus, dangerous and false. These are some of the findings of recent research (based on mass questionnaires) on the social rappresentation of state wittnesses in Sicily from which there also appears to be a lack of confidence in State institutions, especially in the judiciary, law enforcement agencies and the system as a whole. The relationship between politicians and the mafia is also examined. The emerging image of the political world is grey and ambiguous; there is no space for ethics while there is a lot of infiltration and exchange with organized crime. However, what is remarkable is that, even if politicians are recognised as ambiguous with low standards of morality, this is seen as almost typical of their public and institutional role, their lack of transparency and their relationship with the underworld.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)83-101
Number of pages19
JournalStudi sulla Questione Criminale
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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