Social Networks of the Italian Mafia: The Strong and Weak Parts
CEU Political Science Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 382-413, 2010
32 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2010 Last revised: 15 Dec 2010
Date Written: September 30, 2010
In this paper, it is argued that a well-built, social network system has enabled the Mafia to reach a certain level of success through three main networks: members, local people, and politicians. I assert that the role of the executive power of the state has been partially supportive in this success. Moreover, this paper also concludes that to combat different Mafia groups, it is essential to know their strong and weak parts. Consequently, it is found that their well-built network system does not solely comprise of strong parts but that the weak parts also exist, albeit, that they have not yet played a defective role in the resolution of the Mafia. Therefore, this paper suggests that the illustration of both the strong and weak parts of these networks can have prominent and assisting role in the combat against the Mafia phenomenon in the future, either by strengthening the weak parts or by weakening the strong parts of its networks.
Keywords: Mafia, social network analysis
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