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Colonial State, Society and the Underground Economy in Italian Rhodes 1912-1943

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Role: Project Partner

Funding: British Academy/Leverhulme Trust  Small Research Grant (SG132031)

Objectives: The investigation of the social organization and the usefulness of the shadow economy (illegal markets and trade relations) in the Italian colonial, quasi-state of the Dodecanese from 1912 to 1943, as well as the investigation of relevant regulation and repression efforts.

In spite of its historical particularities, the extent and function of the shadow economy within the framework of the relatively short-lived Italian Administration of the Dodecanese constitutes a case study that can provide particularly useful results in the field of criminology. Specifically, the aim of the research is to review, under the light of historical data, the definition of "organised crime" and consequently to redefine the modern regulatory framework regarding its adjustment in view of the structure of sustainable ways of fighting corruption.

The project was awarded a research expenses certificate from the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRI)

Within the framework of the project, the following paper was published:

Espinoza, F.M., Papanicolaou, G. (2016). Smuggling in the Dodecanese Under the Italian Administration. In: Antonopoulos, G. (eds) Illegal Entrepreneurship, Organized Crime and Social Control. Studies of Organized Crime, vol 14. Springer, Cham.

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