All is Clouded by Desire

Author: Alan A. Block
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275983307
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Social Science

A dark tale of international white-collar organized crime involving the Russian mafia, legitimate and illegitimate financial institutions, Intelligence operatives, high-level bankers, and politically connected individuals

The Global Underworld

Author: Don Liddick
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 027598074X
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Social Science

Provides a general overview of the nature and scale of transnational crime and how it affects the United States.

International Law and World Order

Author: Richard A. Falk
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: STANFORD:36105064171148
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Law

Poses four clusters of world order problems that require students to identify and frame legal issues in factual context. Enables students to determine the relevance of information, organize relevant law and policy, test their analytical skills, and develop a critical understanding of the possibilities of international law. Focuses on the current work of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Comprises a series of hypothetical problems involving fictional countries in "real world" decision-making settings, organized around themes that conveniently cluster the principal challenges to the current world order.

East Side West Side

Author: William Graham Summer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351312585
Release Date: 2017-07-28
Genre: Social Science

Based on primary source documents, this historical study establishes the interconnections between private violence and political, social, and economic life in New York from 1930-1950. By describing and analyzing both the social world and social system of organized crime, Block provides a new perspective, one based on racial and ethnic stereotypes. The book provides a penetrating look at one of the most misunderstood aspects of American society, important for historians, criminologists and sociologists.

Poisoning for Profit

Author: Alan A. Block
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
ISBN: STANFORD:36105030381615
Release Date: 1985-01-01
Genre: Political Science

Scrutinizes the link between the Mafia, their corporate patrons, and government officials in regard to toxic waste disposal and recounts the stories of the few investigators who have tried to expose he multimillion-dollar black-market service

Government of the Shadows

Author: Eric Wilson
Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)
ISBN: NWU:35556039047535
Release Date: 2009-03-15
Genre: Law

Leading scholars discuss ideology and hotly contested post-structuralist theory.

Fundamentals of Coalbed Methane Reservoir Engineering

Author: John Seidle
Publisher: PennWell Books
ISBN: 9781593700010
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Business & Economics

"This straightforward introduction to coalbed methane gives insight and detail to industry professionals involved with this unique energy resource. Author John Seidle reviews global and U.S. coals and coalbed methane resources, takes the reader through the fundamentals of coal and its importance to coal gas production, and finishes with a discussion of the calculation of probabilistic coalbed methane reserves and pilot philosophy." "In this long-awaited book, Seidle also examines coal deposits as reservoirs, discusses the physics of gas storage in coal and its production, and covers basic equations of mass balance and production rates, negative decline, simulation of coal gas recovery, and enhanced coalbed methane recovery."--Back cover.

The Russian Mafia

Author: Federico Varese
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198297369
Release Date: 2001
Genre: History

What is the Russian Mafia? This unique book thoroughly researches this question and challenges widely-held views. The author charts the emergence of the Russian Mafia in the context of the transition to the market, the privatization of protection and pervasive corruption. The ability of the Russian State to define property rights and protect contracts is compared to the services offered by fragments of the state apparatus, private security firms, ethnic crime groups, the Cossacks and theMafia. Past criminal traditions, rituals and norms have been resuscitated by the Mafia of today to forge a powerful new identity and compete in a crowded market for protection. The book draws on and reports of undercover police operations, in-depth interviews conducted over several years with the victims of the Mafia, criminals and officials, and documents from the Gulag archives. It also provides a comparative study, making references to other Mafia (the Japanese Yakuza, the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, American-Italian Mafia and the Hong Kong Triads).

Executive Protection

Author: Benny Mares
Publisher: Paladin Press
ISBN: 087364798X
Release Date: 1994-11-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Being a bodyguard is not all sunglasses, dark suits and muscle. This book debunks the myths and stereotypes and describes the realities of protecting celebrities, executives and foreign dignitaries. Executive protection specialist Benny Mares tells you how to get in on the ground floor of this expanding field.

The Antimafia

Author: A. Jamieson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780333983423
Release Date: 1999-11-10
Genre: Political Science

This exploration of the full diversity of the Italian Antimafia draws on primary sources and interviews to provide the first complete analysis of social, political and grassroots efforts since 1992. This fascinating study looks at Antimafia initiatives within the context of international initiatives against organized crime.

The State and Illegality in Indonesia

Author: E. Aspinall
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004253681
Release Date: 2011-01-01

The popular 1998 reformasi movement that brought down President Suharto’s regime demanded an end to illegal practices by state officials, from human rights abuse to nepotistic investments. Yet today, such practices have proven more resistant to reform than people had hoped. Many have said corruption in Indonesia is "entrenched". We argue it is precisely this entrenched character that requires attention. What is state illegality entrenched in and how does it become entrenched? This involves studying actual cases. Our observations led us to rethink fundamental ideas about the nature of the state in Indonesia, especially regarding its socially embedded character. We conclude that illegal practices by state officials are not just aberrations to the state, they are the state. Almost invariably, illegality occurs as part of collective, patterned, organized and collaborative acts, linked to the competition for political power and access to state resources. While obviously excluding many without connections, corrupt behaviour also plays integrative and stabilizing functions. Especially at the lower end of the social ladder, it gets a lot of things done and is often considered legitimate.

Shadow Elite

Author: Janine R. Wedel
ISBN: 9781458759269
Release Date: 2010-10-06
Genre: Corruption

It can feel like we're swimming in a sea of corruption. It's unclear who exactly is in charge and what role they play. The same influential people seem to reappear time after time in different professional guises, pressing their own agendas in one venue after another. According to award-winning public policy scholar and anthropologist Janine Wedel, these are the powerful ''shadow elite,'' the main players in a vexing new system of power and influence. In this groundbreaking book, Wedel charts how this shadow elite, loyal only to their own, challenge both governments' rules of accountability and business codes of competition to accomplish their own goals. From the Harvard economists who helped privatize post-Soviet Russia and the neoconservatives who have helped privatize American foreign policy (culminating with the debacle that is Iraq) to the many private players who daily make public decisions without public input, these manipulators both grace the front pages and operate behind the scenes. Wherever they maneuver, they flout once-sacrosanct boundaries between state and private. Profoundly original, Shadow Elite gives us the tools we need to recognize these powerful yet elusive players and comprehend the new system. Nothing less than our ability for self-government and our freedom are at stake.