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Institutional Weakness and Organized Crime. The Case Michoacan, Mexico
Journal in Social Science. Criminology & Criminal Justice: Trends in Organized Crime (2013)
  • Jerjes Aguirre Ochoa, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo
  • Hugo Amador Herrera Torres, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo
Abstract
In the case of Mexico, the prevalence of organized crime and drug trafficking can be explained more as a consequence of the weak and insufficient institutional bureaucracy that impedes the application of the law than the demand for narcotics in the United States. In this context, a study was undertaken in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, the state where one of the most violent criminal groups, Los Caballeros Templarios (the Knights Templar), a splinter group of La Familia Michoacána (the family Michoacan), is located. This article, which draws upon LaFree’s ‘social control’ research, raises the question of the urgent need to strengthen state and municipal government within an integrated strategy to combat organized crime. Failure to reform bureaucracies and the continued lack of local and state institutions that guarantee a modicum of compliance with
the law will result in an institutional environment which continues to favor impunity and delinquency.
Keywords
  • Caballeros Templarios,
  • Familia Michoacana,
  • Institutional Weakness,
  • Institutions,
  • Organizad Crime
Publication Date
2013
DOI
10.1007/s12117-013-9197-1
Citation Information
Jerjes Aguirre Ochoa and Hugo Amador Herrera Torres. "Institutional Weakness and Organized Crime. The Case Michoacan, Mexico" Journal in Social Science. Criminology & Criminal Justice: Trends in Organized Crime Vol. 16 Iss. 1 (2013) p. 1 - 18 ISSN: 1084-4791
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/hugo_herrera/13/