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Book:Dangerous liaisons : organized crime and political finance in Latin America and beyond / Kevin Casas-Zamora, editor.:[2013] Book Dangerous liaisons : organized crime and political finance in Latin America and beyond / Kevin Casas-Zamora, editor.
Dangerous liaisons : organized crime and political finance in Latin America and beyond / Kevin Casas-Zamora, editor.
Associated Name: Casas Zamora, Kevin, editor of compilation.
Publication year: [2013]
Language: English
Call Number HV6453.L29 D36 2013
Media class: Book
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815725299 0815725299
Extent: vii, 259 pages ; 23 cm
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Description:
The relationship between criminal syndicates and politicians has a long history, including episodes even from the earliest years of America's colonies. But while organized crime may not get the headlines it once did in North America, the resurgence of such criminal activity in Latin America, and in some European nations, has grabbed the public's attention. In this book, noted scholars describe and analyze the role of organized crime in the financing of politics in selected democracies in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico) and in Europe (Bulgaria and Italy). The book seeks to unravel the myths that have developed around crime in these locales, while providing facts and informing the debate on how organized crime corrupts democratic institutions, especially in relation to the funding of political parties and their activities. Among the subjects studied in detail are the role of organized crime in political finance through the lens of Argentina's presidential campaigns of 1999 and 2007; Brazil's elected officeholders and their role in corruption; the weakness of Colombia's democracy; the growing role of money in Costa Rica's politics; the destructive effects of drug money on Mexican institutions; the link between organized crime -- narrowly and broadly understood -- and political financing in Bulgaria; and crime and political finance in Italy. The work of the scholars corrects a glaring gap in the literature on the role of organized crime in the corruption of democratic institutions. That is, the funding of political parties and their activities -- which in these cases, are mostly election campaigns. The chapters not only present the evidence but also can be regarded as a call to action.
On organized crime and political finance : why does the connection matter? / Kevin Casas-Zamora -- Argentina : two cases / Delia M. Ferreira Rubio -- Brazil : crime meets politics / Bruno Wilhelm Speck -- Colombia : coexistence, legal confrontation, and war with illegal armed groups / Mauricio Rubio -- Cost Rica : four decades of campaign finance scandals / Kevin Casas-Zamora -- Mexico : organized crime and elections / Leonardo Curzio -- Bulgaria : perception and reality / Daniel Smilov -- Italy : the Godfather's Party / Donatella della Porta and Alberto Vannucci.

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