Mexico's Struggle for Public Security: Organized Crime and State Responses

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Organized crime in Mexico has been responsible for an increase in violence in that country in the past decade. The country's main criminal gangs are now a real challenge to the Mexican state. While it is certainly possible to exaggerate the threat posed to the Mexican state by organized crime, the real problems posed are serious enough. This book considers the issues from a variety of viewpoints. The essential argument is that organized crime is best combated by institutional reforms directed at strengthening the...

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Overview

Organized crime in Mexico has been responsible for an increase in violence in that country in the past decade. The country's main criminal gangs are now a real challenge to the Mexican state. While it is certainly possible to exaggerate the threat posed to the Mexican state by organized crime, the real problems posed are serious enough. This book considers the issues from a variety of viewpoints. The essential argument is that organized crime is best combated by institutional reforms directed at strengthening the rule of law and winning over public opinion, rather than by a heavy reliance on armed force. Some such reforms have indeed taken place in Mexico and are discussed in the book.

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"Mexico's Struggle for Public Security: Organized Crime and State Responses - a new examination of Mexican organized crime - stands above the many publications already issued on this subject . . . This publication is an insightful and multidisciplinary analysis of Mexico's public security issues, which provokes thoughtful reflection on a complex reality. . . and offers feasible paths to progress that emphasize a shared responsibility in confronting the complex problem of organized crime." - Jourbanal of International Affairs

"Editors George Philip and Susana Berruecos have overseen a volume with a remarkably diverse range of commentary on the current state of the Mexican government's increasingly military driven conflict with drug trafficking organizations (DTOs)." - Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

"This book provides a balanced view of the current situation in Mexico. The editors and authors did an exceptional job and the readers will not be disappointed. Far from the fuss, this book takes a broad look at a pressing topic in Mexico's agenda: public and national security. It goes beyond mechanistic explanations to explore social attitudes, political decisions, and institutional weakness, as well as their consequences in reshaping the new context. No one seeking to understand the Mexican challenge can afford to ignore this inspiring and insightful book." - Leonardo Curzio, CISAN UNAM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137034045
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Studies of the Americas Series
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms xv

Introduction: Mexico's Struggle against Organized Crime George Philip 1

Chapter 1 Mexico's Fight for Security: Actions and Achievements Alejandro Poiré 13

Chapter 2 Organized Crime and Violence in Mexico, 2007-2010 Eduardo Guerrero 29

Chapter 3 "Ya saben quién": Journalism, Crime, and Impunity in Mexico Today Pablo Piccato 47

Chapter 4 Civil-Military Relations and the Militarization of Public Security in Mexico, 1989-2010: Challenges to Democracy Jesús A. López-González 71

Chapter 5 Framing the Fight: Public Security and Human Rights in Mexico Todd Landman 99

Chapter 6 Building Institutional Capacity in Mexico's Criminal Justice System Matthew C. Ingram David A. Shirk 119

Chapter 7 Challenges and Qualities: Government, Public Security, and Justice Information in Mexico Mario Palma 147

Conclusions Susana Berruecos Diana Rodríguez 163

Notes on Contributors 177

Bibliography 181

Index 195

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