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The Criminal Subversion of Mexican Democracy
Journal of Democracy (2014)
  • Andreas Schedler
Threats to the integrity of electoral democracy are manifold. The comparative literature has focused on “vertical” threats: the manipulation of elections by central governments. This article, by contrast, draws attention to “horizontal” threats: the societal subversion of democratic elections by criminal violence. It analyzes the so-called drug war in Mexico to illustrate the chilling effects private organized violence has on electoral democracy. After tracing the origins of Mexico’s new internal war, the article documents the damages it bears on the democratic integrity of elections as well as on surrounding rights and liberties.
  • democracy,
  • electoral integrity,
  • violence,
  • organized crime,
  • Mexico
Publication Date
January, 2014
Citation Information
Andreas Schedler. "The Criminal Subversion of Mexican Democracy" Journal of Democracy Vol. 25 Iss. 1 (2014)
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