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Drug Traffickers as Political Actors in Mexico's Nascent Democracy

John Bailey

in The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195377385
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195377385.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Drug Traffickers as Political Actors in Mexico's Nascent Democracy

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This article tries to assess the present state of the scholarly literature on the interactions between drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs) and the emerging Mexican democracy. It shows that scholars focus mostly on the violence that is related to drug trafficking. The article starts with a description of the broader context of drug trafficking and DTOs and a review of some related concepts. It then outlines the points that can lead towards disequilibrium and lists the primary DTOs. The article also studies the DTOs' power capabilities and interactions with the political system, and the effects on Mexican democracy.

Keywords: drug-trafficking organizations; Mexican democracy; violence; drug trafficking; disequilibrium; primary DTOs; power capabilities; political system

Article.  13082 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Regional Political Studies

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