Narratives on organised crime in Europe: criminals, corrupters & policy

Civis Mundi Digitaal #40

door Petrus C. Van Duyne cum suis

Michel van Hulten

Voor mij is de sleutelzin van dit boek te vinden in de Inleiding geschreven door Petrus van Duyne: ‘the real narrative of corruption is better described as a social hierarchy or elite network taking care of mutually advantageous crooked decision making’. Met die constatering wordt ook duidelijk waarom tussen vele andere soortgelijke gevallen de meest spraakmakende in recente jaren, van het Roermondse Raadslid en wethouder, Jos van Rey, door sommigen niet gezien wordt waarom hij  terecht veroordeeld wordt wegens corruptie. Overigens lijkt Rechter en Officier ter plaatse dat ook niet helemaal te begrijpen en velen met hen in Nederland: ‘hij heeft zich toch niet persoonlijk verrijkt met geld’ en ‘er is toch geen envelopje met geld overhandigd’?



Narratives on organised crime in Europe: criminals, corrupters & policy

Petrus C. van Duyne, Miroslav Scheinost, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Jackie

Harvey, Klaus von Lampe (eds.)

ISBN: 978-94-6240-316-1


This volume contains a selection of peer reviewed papers based on the presentations of the authors at the fifteenth Cross-border Crime Colloquium, hosted 25-26 May 2015 by the Centre of Criminology and Social Prevention, Czech Republic.

This project was supported by Tilburg University (the Netherlands).


The Cross-Border Crime Colloquium is an annual event since 1999. It brings together experts on international organised (economic) crime to discuss the latest developments in empirical research, legislation and law enforcement, with a special geographical focus on Western, Central, and Eastern Europe.

The Colloquia aim at building bridges in three respects: between East and West Europe, between scholars and practitioners, and between old and young. The Crossborder Crime Colloquium, so far, has been organised seventeen times:


2015 Prague, Czech Republic

2014 Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

2013 Cambridge, UK

2012 Manchester, UK

2011 Tilburg, the Netherlands

2009 Gent, Belgium

2008 Belgrade, Serbia

2007 Prague, Czech Republic

2006 Tallinn, Estonia

2006 Tallinn, Estonia

2005 Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

2004 Berlin, Germany

2003 Ainring, Germany

2002 Ljubljana, Slovenia

2001 Bratislava, Slovakia

2000 Budapest, Hungary

1999 Prague, Czech Republic



Copies can be ordered at:

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P.O. Box 313

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The Netherlands


© The Authors, Wolf Legal Publishers (WLP), 2016



Table of contents

Petrus C. van Duyne, Introduction: crime narratives and their narrators [zie hierna de tekst van deze inleiding]

Marija Zurnić, What does corruption mean in a transition country? Political scandal of the Port of Belgrade

Radu Nicolae, Healthcare corruption - patterns and vulnerabilities in Romania

Anna Markovska and Yuliya Zabyelina, Enforcing prohibitions in weak states: Gambling in Ukraine

Ilona Karpanos, Russian organised crime and criminal economy. 95 years of history.

Peter Sproat, Organised crime in the UK: Presentations and realities

Jackie Harvey and Rob Hornsby, The Criminal Entrepreneur: a case study of an organized criminal family

Anita Lavorgna, Exploring the cyber-organised crime narrative: The hunt for a new bogeyman?

Anna Sergi, “Three Tales / Two Threats”. Prosecutors in Italy, England and the United States narrate national and transnational organised crime

Klaus von Lampe, The role of the German foreign intelligence service BND in fighting organised crime

Petrus C. van Duyne and Alan Kabki, Investment and long firm fraud. Local and cross-border

Miroslav Scheinost, Czech organised economic crime: some characteristic cases

Kathryn Gudmunson, A comparison of English language online media coverage of Czech and Portuguese drug decriminalisation

Brendan J. Quirke, Malta and the fight against EU Fraud: Is it a Maltese Cross?

Mihaela Sandulescu, Compliance duties and bankers at work. Coping with tensions

Paul Larsson, Scary monsters. The bikers: a moral panic?


List of authors

Petrus C. van Duyne, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

Kathryn Gudmunson, University of Leeds, UK

Jackie Harvey, Northumbria University, UK

Rob Hornsby, Northumbria University, UK

Alan Kabki, Saxion Academy, the Netherlands

Anita Lavorgna, University of Southampton, UK

Ilona Karpanos, City University of London, UK

Klaus von Lampe, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA

Paul Larsson, National Police University College, Oslo, Norway

Anna Markovska, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Radu Nicolae, Centre for Legal Resources, Romania

Brendan J. Quirke, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Mihaela Sandulescu, USI-University of Lugano, Switzerland

Miroslav Scheinost, Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention, Prague,

Czech Republic

Anna Sergi, University of Essex, UK

Peter Sproat, The University of the West of Scotland, UK

Yuliya Zabyelina, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, USA

Marija Zurnić, New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania

[1] Again Romania is not unique in this if we compare it with the medical practices of “Big Pharma” in Western Europe and the US as recounted by the Danish expert Peter Gøtzsche (2014).

[2] All numbers are in normal European writing: the comma for the decimals and the dot for the thousands.

[3] It is fair to mention that the drug policy in many European countries has resulted in similar absurdism: cannabis trade is prohibited, but the public outlets in the Netherlands through ‘coffee-shops’ is regulated, the difference being that no corruption is involved.