In a society where trust is in short supply and democracy weak, the Mafia sells protection, a guarantee of safe conduct for parties to commercial transactions. Drawing on the confessions of eight Mafiosi, Diego Gambetta develops an elegant analysis of the economic and political role of the Sicilian Mafia.
Diego Gambetta is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
Introduction PART 1: THE INDUSTRY OF PREOTECTION 1. The market 2. The resources 3. The industry PART 2: THE INDUSTRY IN SICILY 4. The Origins 5. The Cartel 6. The Trademarks PART 3: PROTECTION IN PRACTICE 7. Dispute Settlement 8. Orderly Markets 9. Disordered Markets Conclusion Postscript Appendix A: Etymologies of Mafioso and Mafia Appendix B: Descriptions of the Mafia Ritual Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index