Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

COLOMBIA / 23 MAR 2016

Elites and organized crime cross paths in more than one way. This introductory section explains how and why we decided to spend three years investigating this dynamic in four different countries.

About this Project

Elites and Organized Crime is a multiyear project financed by the International Development Research Centre that investigates the dynamics between organized crime and elites in four countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.

Chapter 1

Elites and Organized Crime: Preface

COLOMBIA / 23 MAR 2016

Organized crime is not an abstract concept for me. I grew up in Oak Park, a leafy suburb of Chicago with a population of about 60,000. In general, it was…

Chapter 2

Elites and Organized Crime: Conceptual Framework – Elites

COLOMBIA / 23 MAR 2016

This InSight Crime project defines elites as: specific groups of people with a privileged position that allows them to control, direct or greatly influence the dynamics of community life in…

Chapter 3

Elites and Organized Crime: Conceptual Framework – Organized Crime

COLOMBIA / 23 MAR 2016

This project defines organized crime as: a structured group of people that associate on a regular and prolonged basis to benefit from illicit activities and illegal markets. This group can…

Chapter 4

Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

COLOMBIA / 23 MAR 2016

Organized crime and the violence associated with it is the preeminent problem in Latin America and the Caribbean today. The region is currently home to six of the most violent…

Chapter 5

Elites and Organized Crime: Methodology

COLOMBIA / 23 MAR 2016

This study focuses on four countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia. Each presents different challenges and opportunities for research, and makes its own contribution to our snapshot of elite groups…

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ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

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