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Uncertainty and Change: Entrepreneurs in Palermo and Their Perceptions of the Local Opportunity Structures
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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Political Science
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269729DiVA: diva2:885032
ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime. First General Conference, 11-12 December, Naples
Om att vända icke-samarbete till samarbete: Nya gränser i kampen mot maffian
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1309

This article analyzes perceptions the local opportunity structures among entrepreneurs who joined Addiopizzo’s anti-racket campaign “change your shopping habits to fight the pizzo” in Palermo, Sicily. As of June 2015, more than 900 businesses and 12,000 consumers had joined Addiopizzo’s anti-racketeering campaign. In spite of this achievement, the number of joiners and its geographical spread over the territory remains limited. Through an analysis of entrepreneurs’ perceptions of the local opportunity structures, the article examines external factors that facilitate or hinder Addiopizzo’s mobilization. By analysing their perceptions of politics, law enforcement, civil society and the mafia the article shows the importance law enforcement and civic associations in bringing about change in an environment that is perceived as reluctant – or even hostile – to change. The article builds on questionnaires, informal talks and interviews with entrepreneurs in Palermo.

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