Nowadays organized crime is a very important political issue in Europe. However, scientific studies on the nature and seriousness of this problem are very scarce in the member states of the Council of Europe and the European Union. This national study on organized crime in the Netherlands was prepared for the Commission of Inquiry of the Dutch Parliament that recently made an investigation into the regulation and use of undercover policing. It not only contains an analysis of the contemporary manifestations of traditional organized crime, but also answers the question whether organized crime already has penetrated legitimate sectors of the economy or not. In addition special attention is paid to the role of the liberal professions and the banking system; and to the use of counter-strategies by criminal groups (corruption, intimidation, violence, disinformation, etc.)
'The Authors have done an incredible job in defining the study and the necessity for the study, but at the same time have overturned every aspect of organized crime in the Netherlands. [...] For the researchers and practitioners studying or combating organized crime, Organized Crime in the Netherlands, gives a different view into organized crime and the trouble that so many law enforcement agencies have with this ever-changing international issue.'
Criminal Organizations, 13:1 (1999).
I. General Introduction.
II. Defining Organized Crime.
III. Possibilities and Limitations of Research on Organized Crime.
IV. Contemporary Manifestations of Traditional Organized Crime.
V. Organized Crime in Legitimate Sectors of the Economy: Fact or Fiction?
VI. Bridges between Organized Crime and the Legitimate World.
VII. Confronting the Dutch Authorities.
VIII. General Conclusions.
Appendices: Analytical Framework of the Study.
Agreements with Fijnaut Research Team.