July 1, 2010

Criminal Constitutions

  • Peter Leeson

    Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • David Skarbek

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Why do criminals use constitutions? This paper argues  that constitutions perform three functions in criminal organizations. By  performing these functions, constitutions facilitate criminal cooperation and  enhance criminals’ profit. To examine our hypothesis we examine the  constitutions of two criminal organizations: 18th-century Caribbean pirates and  the contemporary Californian prison gang, La Nuestra Familia.

Read the article at Global Crime.