Models Of Organized Crime

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Models of Organized Crime Joann Harris CJA/384 February 19, 2012 Models of Organized Crime This paper will include a comparison of the distinctions between the bureaucratic organization and the patron-client organization. There will also be included the similarities and the differences between the two main models of organized crime and why the models are very important for understanding organized crime. A discussion of the research and citation of the crime organizations that are examples of each type of organization will follow. Finally a discussion of which type of organization fulfills its goals a greater percentage of the time as opposed to the other type of organization. Comparison between bureaucratic and patron-client organizations Efficiency is the key factor in bureaucratic organizations in these large operations or the activities, which are occurring. As the activities get bigger, the bureaucratic structure comes into play. It is to control what is happening with rules, to control with rules such as in a hierarchy, specialization, and the different ways of communication. Some of the examples for this type of structure are the Cartels and outlaw biker clubs, to name a few (Mallory, 2007). The patron-client organizations require more of a law enforcement effort because of its decentralized activities; also there is a large amount of social networks involved. The members within these social networks are not connected in any way. The patron-client is not involved in the criminal act itself. Those involved usually pass the information on the person who is the subject of the criminal act (Mallory, 2007). Similarities and differences between the two main models The two main models of organization for organized crime are the bureaucratic model and the patron-client model. Like many models, they both have their

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