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The Addio Pizzo movement: exploring social change using agent-based modelling

Elsenbroich, C (2016) The Addio Pizzo movement: exploring social change using agent-based modelling Trends in Organized Crime.

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Abstract

Abstract Extortion racketeering is a crime that blights the lives of everyone in societies where it takes hold. Whilst most European countries have some form of extortion racketeering, in most countries it is isolated to some ethnic communities. In Southern Italy and Sicily, extortion racketeering is still a feature of overall society. This paper attempts to look at the phenomenon from the angle of collectives, of resistance building through civic organisations such as Addiopizzo. For this investigation a computational model is presented to analyse the effect of team-reasoning on levels of resistance in systemic extortion rackets. An agent-based model is presented that implements the interaction of different kinds of decision-making of extortion victims with law enforcement deterrence. The results show that established extortion rackets are hard to undermine unless bottom-up civic engagement and law enforcement go hand in hand.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
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Elsenbroich, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 10 September 2016
Funders : Arts and Humanities Research Council
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1007/s12117-016-9288-x
Grant Title : Collective Reasoning as a Moral Point of View
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
Uncontrolled Keywords : Agent-based modelling, Extortion rackets, .Socialchange
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 04 Apr 2017 16:54
Last Modified : 04 Apr 2017 16:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813839

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