Political Fund-Raising, Patron-Client Relations, and Organized Criminality: Two Case Studies

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Abstract

This article provides two case studies of political fund-raising abuses committed during the 1996 U.S. election cycle. The author contends that the behaviors described are best characterized as a form of organized criminality and that a good way to study these behaviors is to frame them in terms of patron-client relations. Though noting the limitations of this approach, the author concludes that social network methods are not only a good match with the patron-client perspective but also offer a realistic opportunity to advance the understanding of organized/white-collar-type crimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-357
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law

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