"The Study of Extra Legal Governance", Prague, Friday 28 August 2015



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Fri 28. 8.  09:00 - 10:30
room FCE D1122

The Study of Extra - Legal Governance: Conceptual, Theoretical and Empirical Challenges, and Some Tentative Solutions


Varese, Federico
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

This key note talk will address the conceptual, theoretical and empirical challenges in the study of extra legal organizations such as organized crime and Mafias. I will address the conceptual confusion over key definitions in this field, and offer a framework for the study of extra-legal phenomena, which places this field firmly within mainstream economic sociology. I will then discuss the importance of protection theory to understand the behaviour of organizations that try to govern territories and markets, such as States and Mafias. Finally, I will address research design and data collection challenges. In particular, I will stress the importance of 'not selecting on the dependent variable', and the possibilities afforded by the quantification of court records, in particular the application of quantitative content analysis, correspondence analysis and social network analysis. I will mainly draw upon my own research results.¨ Biography: Federico Varese is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxfordand a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is the author of two monographs - The Russian Mafia (2001) and Mafias on the Move (2011) and an edited collected, Organized Crime (2010). His work has been translated in several languages. He writes mainly on organised crime and social network analysis. He has published papers in British Journal of Criminology, Law and Society Review, Archives Européenes de Sociologie, Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, Political Studies, Cahiers du Monde Russe, Rationality & Society, European Sociological Review, andTrends in Organized Crime. He contributes to The Times Literary Supplement and, in Italy, the daily La Stampa. His work has been featured in The Economist, The BBC News & World Service, ABC, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Monkeycage Blog and Freakonomics blog, among others. Mafias on the Move was The Recipient of The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC) 2012 Outstanding Publication Award. The Russian Mafia was The Co-Recipient, ED A. HEWETT BOOK PRIZE awarded by The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS).


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