The book Illegal Entrepreneurship, Organized Crime and Social Control covers organized crime groups, empirical studies of organized crime, criminal finances and money laundering, and crime prevention, gathering some of the most authoritative and well-known scholars in the field. The contributions to this book are new chapters written in honor of Professor Dick Hobbs, on the occasion of his retirement. They reflect his powerful influence on the study of organized crime, offering a novel perspective that located organized crime in its socio-economic context, studied through prolonged ethnographic engagement.
In Chapter 7 Anton Kojouharov, Analyst and Atanas Rusev, PhD, Senior Analyst at the Center for the Study of Democracy, offer a detailed account of the illegal and predatory moneylending landscape and business in Bulgaria, a context in which a number of factors have affected the development of the alternative (and informal) credit markets and their - often - extortionate ends. The authors present a concise review of definitions of the relevant terms and suggest a tentative classification of the existing types of moneylenders in Bulgaria, as well as typology of the usual clientele.