Decoding Albanian Organized Crime: Culture, Politics, and by Jana Arsovska

By Jana Arsovska

The growth of geared up crime throughout nationwide borders has develop into a key safeguard predicament for the foreign group. during this theoretically and empirically vivid portrait of a world phenomenon, Jana Arsovska examines essentially the most common myths in regards to the so-called Albanian Mafia. in response to greater than a decade of study, together with interviews with sufferers, offenders, and legislations enforcement throughout ten nations, in addition to court docket documents and personal intelligence reviews, deciphering Albanian geared up Crime offers a complete assessment of the factors, codes of behavior, actions, migration, and constitution of Albanian prepared crime teams within the Balkans, Western Europe, and the us. Paying specific consciousness to the dynamic relationships between tradition, politics, and arranged crime, the booklet develops a framework for realizing the worldwide progress of the legal underworld and gives a version for destiny comparative learn.

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Rationality is also one of the major themes in the works of German sociologist and philosopher Max Weber, who criticized the simple models of rational decision making and differentiated between decision-making processes rooted in interests and those driven by values (Weber [1921] 1976). Becker (1976) and his followers (Eide 1994) also criticized the inability of ultra-positivist economic research to grasp norm-guided rational behavior. Much of the economic research considers norms as static and often identical among individuals.

10 And when thirty-seven members of an Albanian criminal organization were arrested in 2011 for smuggling large quantities of cocaine and pills hidden in secret compartments inside luxury cars, court documents described the organization as being comprised of several ethnic Albanian immigrant families with a code of honor, strong ties to the homeland, and a record of ruthless violence (Pavia 2011). The “Mafia” Characters A number of so-called Albanian mafia bosses made a name for themselves, both in Europe and in the United States.

In the field of consumer research, similarly, consumer choices traditionally have been understood via rational choice models that explain purchases in terms of the costs and benefits of alternatives as weighed by consumers. In these normative models—just as in RCTs of crime—consumers are viewed as dispassionate information processors (Katona 1975). Such purely rational models, however, have proven unable to answer an important question: Why do consumers frequently act against their own better judgment and engage in spending they later regret?

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