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Upperworld and the Underworld Case Studies of Racketeering and Business Infiltrations in the United States

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ISBN-10: 0306459698

ISBN-13: 9780306459696

Edition: 1999

Authors: Robert J. Kelly

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From Damon Runyan's colorful tough guys in black shirts and white ties to recent media coverage of John Gotti, the `dapper don', public depictions of racketeers in the United States have drawn attention away from the true nature of organized crime and its extensive penetrations into mainstream business. The Upperworld and the Underworld: Case Studies of Racketeering and Business Infiltrations in the United States strips away the romantic patina and reveals the significant impact of racketeering on vital segments of American industry. In this informative study Robert Kelly explores two fundamental questions: `Why is organized crime a serious problem in some businesses and industries, and not in others?' and `What are the consequences of racketeering activities for labor organizations and businesses tainted by a criminal presence?' He examines the blurred demarcation between the legitimate and illegitimate sectors of society and explains the reasons for this occurrence. In the process, Kelly provides a distinct vantage point for understanding organized crime, not just as an `outlaw fringe' preying on society, but as a disturbingly integral element of our social and economic structure. Moreover, he confirms a widely held thesis that organized crime is not merely parasitic but an institutional component of American society. The Upperworld and the Underworld affords a fascinating view of the current state of organized crime in the United States and the rise of nontraditional criminal organizations in new immigrant communities. The volume is an essential resource for students and scholars concerned with issues of crime and its effects on the economy.
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Book details

List price: $169.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 2/28/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 251
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Prologue
Notes
Introduction: Organized Crime Penetrations of Legitimate Businesses
Background
Models and Images of Organized Crime
The Assets and Resources of Organized Crime Groups
Racketeering in Legitimate Businesses
Strategies of Infiltration into the Legitimate Sectors
Dangerous Intersections: Organized Crime and Legitimate Business
Organized Crime in Russia and Chicago: Survival of the Fittest
Mafia and Repressive Stability in the South of Italy
Power Politics and Organized Crime
Notes
The Infiltration of Organized Criminal Groups into U.S. Trade Unions
The Early Days
Labor Organizes
Mafia
The McClellan Committee
The New Mob
25 Years after Valachi
The President's Commission on Organized Crime
Unions, Gangsters, and Employers in Retrospect
Consent Decrees and Trusteeships: Law Enforcement Responses
The Teamsters
Philadelphia Roofers Union, Local 30/30B
Teamster Local 560
The Scope of Labor Racketeering
The Needle Trades
The Mine Workers: A Case of Corporate Gangsterism
Hollywood and Hoodlums
Summary
Notes
Master Builders, Master Criminals: Corruption and Racketeering in the Construction Industry
The Construction Industry in New York City
Classification of Construction
High-Rise, High-Cost Construction
The "Achilles Heel" in the Construction Industry: A Catalogue of Crime
A Fit of Absent-Mindedness: Criminal Go-Betweens in Historical Perspective
Extortion
Bribery
Theft
Frauds
Performance Bond Fraud
Collusive Bidding and Bid Rigging
Racketeering and Corruption Implications
Racketeering Susceptibility
The Labor Market
Collective Bargaining
Competitive and Fragmented Economic Environment
Cost of Delays
Racketeering Potential
The Indispensable Men: Racketeers at Large and at Work
Conclusions
Notes
The Last Waterfront: The Fulton Fish Market and the ILA as Family Businesses
Project "Underworld"
Postwar Period and Revitalization
Waterfront Racketeering: The ILA and Criminal Collusions
Summary and Conclusions
Notes
The Pizza Connection: Selling Dough and Dope
The Heroin Pipeline
The Legitimate Business as a "Front"
The Networks
The Investigation
The Prosecution
The Verdict
Conclusions
The Politics and Economics of Drugs
Notes
Dirty Dollars: The Carting and Waste Disposal Industries
Environmental Protection and Organized Crime: Problems and Prospects
Controlling Waste Disposal
New York City and the Garbage Cartel
Conclusions
Notes
Other Crimes, Other Criminals: Racketeering in Chinatown and Brighton Beach
Chinatown
The Tongs and Organized Crime
The "Hatchet Men"
Triads, or the White Lotus Society Reincarnated
The Chinese Underworld Today
Tong and Gang Relationships with Police
Extortion in Chinatown
Brighton Beach: Little Odessa by the Sea
Gasoline Bootlegging
The "Daisy Chain" and the "Burn"
The Mafia and the Mafiya
Polluted Petroleum
Conclusions
Notes
Criminal Opportunities in Legitimate Businesses: Control Policy Issues
Organized Crime as a Spectacle
Tactics and Strategies
The Maneuvers of Money Laundering
Infiltrating Legitimate Businesses
The Role of Intelligence
The Tools of Analytical Intelligence
Telephone Record Analysis (TRA)
Association Analysis (AA)
Net Worth Analysis (NWA)
Business Record Analysis (BRA)
Threat Assessment (TA)
Traditional and Nontraditional Organized Crime Groups
Prosecutorial Efforts Against Organized Crime Infiltrations
Role of Crime Commissions and Hearings as a Control Mechanism
The Witness Security Program (WSP)
Cooperation and Coordination among Law Enforcement Agencies
Blacklisting Public Contractors as an Anticorruption and Racketeering Strategy
The Future of Organized Crime
Summary
Notes
Conclusions
The Troika of Organized Crime
Business Vulnerabilities
Racketeering Enterprises and Domination
Public and Private Partnerships
Regulation
Notes
Index