Infiltration by Italian Organised Crime (Mafia, ’Ndrangheta and Camorra) of the Public Construction Industry

Savona, Ernesto U.

Using the script approach, this paper analyses the different stages that characterise the infiltration of organised crime groups in the public construction industry. Three different Italian local contexts with a high presence of organised crime groups (Sicily, Calabria and Campania) are considered. Case studies based on data provided to the author by local judicial authorities are analysed using the script approach and following the dynamic of organised crime action: preparation, enabling conditions, target selection, the acts (of violence and corruption) or ‘the doing’, and the post-conditions or aftermath. The cases analysed through the script approach help in a micro-analysis of organised crime that draws on general knowledge on the topic deriving from the macro-analysis currently undertaken in the literature. Because to date this analysis has mainly produced crime control remedies, the author hopes that the micro approach may help in developing more concrete situational crime prevention measures.

Savona, Ernesto U. “Infiltration by Italian Organised Crime (Mafia, ’Ndrangheta and Camorra) of the Public Construction Industry.” In Situational Prevention of Organised Crimes, edited by Karen Bullock, Ronald V. Clarke, and Nick Tilley, 130–50. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing, 2010.

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