Italian Mafias Today
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Italian Mafias Today

Territory, Business and Politics

Edited by Felia Allum, Isabella Clough Marinaro and Rocco Sciarrone

Despite a rapidly changing economic and legal landscape, Italian mafias remain prominent actors in the global criminal underworld. This book provides an extensive and up-to-date view of how they adapt to shifting economic opportunities and intensifying legal and civic backlash.
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Chapter 8: The welfare system of Italian mafias

Alessandro Colletti


This chapter explains and analyses the welfare system which many Italian mafias have put into place in order to build in-group cohesion and consensus. It focuses on the function of the common fund in financing this form of assistance and examines the main types of protection provided: economic support, legal assistance and healthcare services. This type of non-violent protection reinforces a set of values on which mafias base their own particular form of solidarity and deal with the physical threats they face on a daily basis.

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