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The Architecture of Illegal MarketsTowards an Economic Sociology of Illegality in the Economy$
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Jens Beckert and Matías Dewey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198794974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198794974.001.0001

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The Supply of Doping Products and the Relevance of Market-Based Perspectives

The Supply of Doping Products and the Relevance of Market-Based Perspectives

Implications of Recent Research in Italy

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(p.245) 13 The Supply of Doping Products and the Relevance of Market-Based Perspectives
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The Architecture of Illegal Markets
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Letizia Paoli

Victoria A. Greenfield

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794974.003.0013

This chapter concerns itself with the nature of the supply of doping products and the relevance of market-based concepts, with specific reference to conditions in Italy. Notwithstanding concerns about doping and the role of the criminal underworld in sport, relatively little is known about the supply of doping products. Against this backdrop, we analyze the supply of doping products by revisiting and building on the central findings of an empirical study of supply and demand in Italy and argue, first, that supply and demand come together to form a “market”; second, that this market is “quasi-illegal”; and third, that this conceptualization can help inform policymaking in Italy and elsewhere and might have bearing on future research in criminology and other disciplines.

Keywords:   illegal markets, doping products, quasi-illegal, sport, supply and demand

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