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22 American Criminal Law Review 213 (1984)


The federal anti-racketeering effort has grown steadily since its inception in response to the lottery schemes of the late nineteenth century. Yet, as this article demonstrates, it has done so in the absence of a clear understanding of just what the problem is, and how the ever-expanding body of legislation is going to deal with it. While not wholly critical of the efforts of the Department of Justice and the Congress to "stamp out" racketeering, Professor Bradley raises substantial questions about the government's assessments of the scope of the problem and the effectiveness of the methods employed in fighting it.