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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