No country for made men: The decline of the mafia in post-Soviet Georgia

Slade, G. (2012) No country for made men: The decline of the mafia in post-Soviet Georgia. Law and Society Review, 46(3), pp. 623-649. (doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5893.2012.00508.x)

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This article studies the decline of a long-standing mafia known as thieves-in-law in the post-Soviet republic of Georgia. In 2005 an anti-mafia campaign began which employed laws directly targeting the thieves-in-law. Within a year, all Georgia's thieves-in-law were in prison or had fled the country. This article looks at the success of the policy by investigating how Georgia's volatile socio-economic environment in the 1990s affected the resilience of the thieves-in-law to state attack. The article presents data showing that the chaos of this period impacted on the ability of thieves-in-law to coordinate activities, regulate recruitment, and protect their main collective resource—their elite criminal status. Due to this, the reputation of the thieves-in-law as a mafia drastically declined creating vulnerability. The article adds to the literature on resilience in criminal networks and the study of organized crime in the post-Soviet space.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Slade, Dr Gavin
Authors: Slade, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Law and Society Review
ISSN (Online):1540-5893
Published Online:23 August 2012

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