Law Enforcement, Social Control and Organized Crime: Evidence from Local Government Dismissals in Italy
Federico Cingano and
Italian Economic Journal: A Continuation of Rivista Italiana degli Economisti and Giornale degli Economisti, 2020, vol. 6, issue 2, No 2, 254 pages
Abstract Local governments suspected of Mafia infiltration can be dismissed in Italy through an administrative act not increasing formal deterrence but potentially signaling improved law enforcement among local communities. This paper finds that dismissals are associated to a persistent fall of petty crimes (e.g. thefts) but have little consequences on offenses more closely related to the activity of organized crime, as homicide, extortion, drug-trafficking or usury. Petty crimes are estimated to fall by around 10%, on average, a result that seems driven by the perception of enhanced deterrence (through media pressure, the signaling role of the policy, and other forms of social control) rather than induced by organized crime itself.
Keywords: Crime; Law enforcement; Organized crime; Social control (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 K14 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (5) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s40797-020-00124-1 Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.
Working Paper: Law enforcement, social control and organized crime. Evidence from local government dismissals in Italy (2020)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:spr:italej:v:6:y:2020:i:2:d:10.1007_s40797-020-00124-1
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
Italian Economic Journal: A Continuation of Rivista Italiana degli Economisti and Giornale degli Economisti is currently edited by Roberto Cellini
More articles in Italian Economic Journal: A Continuation of Rivista Italiana degli Economisti and Giornale degli Economisti from Springer, Società Italiana degli Economisti (Italian Economic Association) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().