The Politics Of Crime In Latin America Chapter Summary

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John Bailey, a top-tier expert in Mexican politics and security issues in Latin America, has written a comprehensive, well organized, and thoroughly documented book. Bailey tries explore the structural factors that shape criminally and government responses to crime within Mexico. His book, The Politics of Crime in Mexico:Democratic Governance in a Security Trap, introducing the links between security and democratic governance from a perspective few analysts other than Bailey, will become a classic reference for students, scholars, diplomats, journalists, and security-experts concerned about the influence of organized crime on Mexico’s democracy.
Instead of pursuing to address a comprehensive history of drug trafficking in Mexico, Bailey focuses
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The problems are summarized : 1) “The Missing Social Contract” in the wake of democratization processes, 2) “The Party-Electoral System Disconnect” which leads to poor policy decision and allows parties to pursue electoral wins at the price of decent quality public goods delivery, and 3) “Slow Reform of Police-Justice System” which is one of Mexico’s most crucial reform challenges by many reasons. These problems are blended with deficits in trust and compliance with the legal institutions, especially the police-justice …show more content…
Bailey illuminates that perceptions of probability of being victimized are extremely higher than reported self-victimization rates and it eventually creates a group of hardened democrats. These hardened democrats are those who support democracy but are dissatisfied with how Mexico’s democracy works and therefore who are less likely to vote.(p.74) In other words, the level of criminal violence in Mexico has hindered voters from participation on

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