Drug Trafficking Networks in the World Economy
Macro-level features are largely neglected in most analyses of crime networks. The focus is generally put on relations between individuals (or small groups of individuals) rather than the context in which they operate. Yet, contextual factors may be crucial for a complete understanding of criminal activity. Al Capone is one of many examples (see Papachristos in this book): his career as a member of a large criminal syndicate would not have been the same if the Eighteenth Amendment had not mandated a national ban on alcohol.