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Recent Publications

Klaus von Lampe, Organized Crime in Europe, in: Philip Reichel (ed.), Handbook of Transnational Crime & Justice, Thousand Oaks, CA, et al.: Sage Publications, 2005, 403-424

Klaus von Lampe, The Interdisciplinary Dimensions of the Study of Organized Crime, Trends in Organized Crime, 9(3), 2006, 77-95 (manuscript in PDF)

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About this site

This website presents information on organized crime from a social science perspective with a special geographical focus on the U.S. and Germany.
The site was first launched in 1999. The original purpose had been to share with a broader public some of the material collected for a doctoral dissertation on the concept and theory of organized crime in the U.S. The material includes, for example, a collection of organized crime definitions which has been considerably expanded over the years. A number of papers on organized-crime related subjects, including cigarette smuggling, have also consecutively been added and are available for downloading.
A more recent addition is the book-review section which features reviews of books on organized crime and related topics.
This site is bilingual (English and German). Some content, however, is available only in one of these two languages.
The material presented on this website may be used for academic, journalistic and official purposes in accordance with the applicable copyright laws. Please identify the source as 'Klaus von Lampe, Organized Crime Research (kvl-homepage),'.

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Perhaps the largest collection of well over 100 different definitions of organized crime provides an overview of the diverse conceptions existing worldwide.


Some 50 academic and journalistic books on organized crime and related topics, addressing different events, persons and structures in various countries, are reviewed from an organized crime researcher's perspective. The overriding question always is: What does the particular book contribute to a better understanding of organized crime?


Papers on various aspects of organized crime (conceptual history, trust and organized crime, use of models in the analysis of organized crime, assessing organized crime, cigarette smuggling, etc.) can be downloaded from the Publications Page.


Useful links to academic, official and journalistic websites.
Klaus von Lampe

This website is presented by Klaus von Lampe, researcher at Free University Berlin, Germany.

Latest Update

19 November 2007


Crime Business and Crime Money in Europe, Petrus van Duyne et al. (eds.), 2007. More...

The Organisation of Crime for Profit: Conduct, Law and Measurement, Petrus van Duyne et al. (eds.), 2006. More...

The Organised Crime Economy: Managing Crime Markets in Europe, Petrus van Duyne, Klaus von Lampe, Maarten van Dijck, James Newell (eds.), 2005. More...

Threats and Phantoms of Organised Crime, Corruption and Terrorism, Petrus van Duyne, Matjaz Jager, Klaus von Lampe, James Newell (eds.), 2004. More...

Criminal Finances and Organising Crime in Europe, Petrus van Duyne, Klaus von Lampe, James Newell (eds.), 2003. More...

Upperworld and Underworld in Cross-Border Crime, Petrus van Duyne, Klaus von Lampe, Nikos Passas (eds.), 2002. More...

Klaus von Lampe, Organized Crime: Begriff und Theorie organisierter Kriminalität in den USA, 1999. More...