Autor: Flaviu CIOPEC

Publicat în: Journal Of Eastern European Criminal Law no. 1/2015

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Abstract: The organized crime literature is vast, consisting of thousands of titles, expanding daily. Apart from that, many authors are not very explicit in the manner they use concepts, assuming that “we all understand what we mean when we talk about organized crime”. Therefore, after the predecessors’ attempts to create some order in the conceptual chaos surrounding the study of organized crime, one author has managed to draw attention to a long forgotten issue. This study is about the pioneer work of Peter Reuters and his approach to understanding organized crime starting from the economic forces that shaped out the illegal markets, an environment where organized crime flourished. This approach calls for an interdisciplinary analysis of a complex phenomenon, a method which is not customary to current academic debates.

Keywords: organized crime; disorganized crime; illegal markets; economic approach; profit driven enterprise.