By Vincenzo Scalia
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From the 1970s onwards, following the crisis of Fordism in the industrialised areas of the country, the Maﬁa opened up a new front in order to further diversify its economic activity. Thanks to the opt outs in certain banking laws that Sicily enjoyed, a proliferation of banks, ﬁnancial businesses and consultancy ﬁrms grew up on the island, which effectively served to recycle the proceeds from Maﬁa activity. After proﬁt margins in the construction and 32 CRIME, NETWORKS AND POWER public sectors began to fall, the Maﬁa took on a new ﬁnancial role, as intermediary in the ﬁnancial transactions serving to recycle capital accumulated in the illegal markets, creating a transnational network that went on to thrive in the era of globalisation.
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The Portella della Ginestra massacre, which, recent documents have attested, involved some level of collusion with Italian and international secret services, is a case in point. The expectations of social advancement and liberation that had come with the ascent of the new political order were neutralised by means of policies that alternated from violent repression to far-reaching practices of clientelism. This new phase of Maﬁa rule sparked another migratory wave towards northern Italy and northern Europe.