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Changing the game: Addiopizzo's mobilisation against racketeering in Palermo
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2014 (English)In: The European Review of Organised Crime, ISSN 1606-8963, E-ISSN 2312-1653, Vol. 1, no 1, 39-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses the business community and the anti-racketeering campaign

“Change shopping habits against paying extortion racket” (“pizzo”) launched by the

organisation Addiopizzo in Palermo, Sicily. The aim of this campaign was twofold: to

encourage consumers to support companies that were not paying protection money to the local

mafia, and to support entrepreneurs that refused to pay for protection. To date, Addiopizzo has

mobilised about 800 firms and 10,000 citizens. The experience in Palermo of anti-mafia

business movements is perceived as a critical case where it is difficult to establish collective

action among businesses due to a strong presence of organised crime. Drawing on the social

capital theory and mobilisation research, three solutions to the collective action dilemma are

identified in this article: mobilisation through organisations, recruitment through ties, and

trust. These three solutions are complementary and point at the possibility that social

movements can bring about social and cultural change in a context marked by high risk,

distrust, and a lack of cooperative tradition. Furthermore, this article shows that the

mobilisation of businesses followed different paths and, to some extent, varied over time. The

analysis is built upon a unique dataset collected from 277 firms that joined Addiopizzo’s

campaign between 2005 and 2011, and from interviews and informal discussions with about

100 entrepreneurs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime , 2014. Vol. 1, no 1, 39-77 p.
Keyword [en]
Anti-mafia; Racketeering; Addiopizzo; Mobilisation of Businesses; Organisations;
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269723DiVA: diva2:885019
Om att vända icke-samarbete till samarbete: nya gränser i kampen mot maffian (VR)
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