Diego Gambetta

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"The Sicilian Mafia". Twenty Years After Publication

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Keywords: Sicilian mafia; trust; illegal markets; protection; economic development.

In this essay, I describe the reasons that led me to study the Sicilian mafia, and some of the difficulties that I encountered during my fieldwork in Palermo in 1986-7. I then review the effects that my study - which was first published 20 years ago in Italian and has since been translated into English, German, Spanish and Polish - has had on the scholarship on the mafia as well as on that of similar organisations in other countries.

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