Social Dimensions of Organised Crime

Modelling the Dynamics of Extortion Rackets

  • Corinna Elsenbroich
  • David Anzola
  • Nigel Gilbert

Part of the Computational Social Sciences book series (CSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Corinna Elsenbroich, David Anzola, Nigel Gilbert
    Pages 1-6
  3. Extortion Rackets as a Global Phenomenon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. David Anzola, Martin Neumann, Michael Möhring, Klaus G. Troitzsch
      Pages 9-23
    3. David Anzola
      Pages 25-46
  4. Society and the State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Áron Székely, Giulia Andrighetto, Luis G. Nardin
      Pages 49-64
    3. Vincenzo Militello
      Pages 65-81
  5. Extortion Rackets in Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Antonio La Spina, Vincenzo Militello, Giovanni Frazzica, Valentina Punzo, Attilio Scaglione
      Pages 85-104
    3. Luis G. Nardin, Giulia Andrighetto, Áron Székely, Valentina Punzo, Rosaria Conte
      Pages 105-116
    4. Klaus G. Troitzsch
      Pages 133-151
  6. The Criminal Organisation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Martin Neumann, Ulf Lotzmann
      Pages 155-176
  7. Synthesis and Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Klaus G. Troitzsch, Luis G. Nardin, Giulia Andrighetto, Áron Székely, Valentina Punzo, Rosaria Conte et al.
      Pages 217-239
    3. Corinna Elsenbroich, David Anzola, Nigel Gilbert
      Pages 241-244
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 245-247

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a multi-disciplinary investigation into extortion rackets with a particular focus on the structures of criminal organisations and their collapse, societal processes in which extortion rackets strive and fail and the impacts of bottom-up and top-down ways of fighting extortion racketeering. Through integrating a range of disciplines and methods the book provides an extensive case study of empirically based computational social science. It is based on a wealth of qualitative data regarding multiple extortion rackets, such as the Sicilian Mafia, an international money laundering organisation and a predatory extortion case in Germany. Computational methods are used for data analysis, to help in operationalising data for use in agent-based models and to explore structures and dynamics of extortion racketeering through simulations. In addition to textual data sources, stakeholders and experts are extensively involved, providing narratives for analysis and qualitative validation of models. The book presents a systematic application of computational social science methods to the substantive area of extortion racketeering. The reader will gain a deep understanding of extortion rackets, in particular their entrenchment in society and processes supporting and undermining extortion rackets. Also covered are computational social science methods, in particular computationally assisted text analysis and agent-based modelling, and the integration of empirical, theoretical and computational social science.

Keywords

Data driven crime analysis Extortion racket systems Modelling extortion Computational social science extortion FP7 project GLODERS Modelling organised crime Modelling social norms

Editors and affiliations

  • Corinna Elsenbroich
    • 1
  • David Anzola
    • 2
  • Nigel Gilbert
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Centre for Research in Social SimulationUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Centre for Research in Social SimulationUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of Sociology, Centre for Research in Social SimulationUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45169-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45167-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45169-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-9574
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-9582
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