Simulating protection rackets : a case study of the Sicilian mafia
Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, 2016, Vol. 30, No. 6, pp. 1117-1147
NARDIN, Luis G., ANDRIGHETTO, Giulia, CONTE, Rosaria, SZÉKELY, Áron, ANZOLA, David, ELSENBROICH, Corinna, LOTZMANN, Ulf, NEUMANN, Martin, PUNZO, Valentina, TROITZSCH, Klaus G., Simulating protection rackets : a case study of the Sicilian mafia, Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, 2016, Vol. 30, No. 6, pp. 1117-1147 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/61456
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Protection racketeering groups are powerful, deeply entrenched in multiple societies across the globe, and they harm the societies and economies in which they operate in multiple ways. These reasons make their dynamics important to understand and an objective of both scientific and application-oriented interest. Legal and social norm-based approaches arguably play significant roles in influencing protection racket dynamics. We propose an agent-based simulation model, the Palermo Scenario, to enrich our understanding of these influences and to test the effect of different policies on protection racket dynamics. Our model integrates the legal and the social norm-based approaches and uses a complex normative agent architecture that enables the analysis of both agents' behaviours and mental normative representations driving behaviour. We demonstrate the usefulness of the model and the benefits of using this complex normative architecture through a case study of the Sicilian Mafia.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/61456
Full-text via DOI: 10.1007/s10458-016-9330-z
ISSN: 1387-2532; 1573-7454
Keyword(s): Protection rackets Norms Normative agent architecture Sicilian Mafia Small-Scale Societies Behavioral-Experiments Norms Fairness System
Grant number: FP7/315874/EU
Sponsorship and Funder information:
This work was partially supported by the FP7-ICT Science of Global Systems programme of the European Commission through Project GLODERS (http://www.gloders.eu, Global Dynamics of Extortion Racket Systems) under Grant agreement no.: 315874.
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