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Local democracy, crime and violence in Mexico: The case of Apatzingán, Michoacán
Criminal Policy (2016)
  • Jerjes Aguirre Ochoa, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo
  • Hugo Amador Herrera Torres, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo
Abstract
This paper analyzes the relationship between organized crime and municipal governments in Mexico. Specifically, we study the case of the municipality of Apatzingán in the state of Michoacán from a qualitative perspective that reveals the historical depth of institutional weakness in Mexico and the lack of consolidation of democratic institutions; two conditions that have created an enabling environment for the activities of criminal groups. This is particularly clear at the level of municipal government, and underlines the need to strengthen government institutions and the rule of law, and to implement strategies that attack the structural causes of violence. It is also necessary to analyze the phenomenon of violence from sociological perspectives that consider existing socioeconomic inequalities.
Keywords
  • Crime,
  • rule of law,
  • Mexico
Publication Date
December, 2016
Citation Information
Jerjes Aguirre Ochoa and Hugo Amador Herrera Torres. "Local democracy, crime and violence in Mexico: The case of Apatzingán, Michoacán" Criminal Policy Vol. 11 Iss. 22 (2016) p. 656 - 674 ISSN: 0718-3399
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/hugo_herrera/14/