Votes, Drugs, and Violence (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

Votes, Drugs, and Violence (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics) by Guillermo Trejo 1108795277 9781108795272
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One of the most surprising developments in Mexicos transition to democracy is the outbreak of criminal wars and large-scale criminal violence. Why did Mexican drug cartels go to war as the country transitioned away from one-party rule? And why have criminal wars proliferated as democracy has consolidated and elections have become more competitive subnationally? In Votes, Drugs, and Violence, Guillermo Trejo and Sandra Ley develop a political theory of criminal violence in weak democracies that elucidates how democratic politics and the fragmentation of power fundamentally shape cartels incentives for war and peace. Drawing on in-depth case studies and statistical analysis spanning more than two decades and multiple levels of government, Trejo and Ley show that electoral competition and partisan conflict were key drivers of the outbreak of Mexicos crime wars, the intensification of violence, and the expansion of war and violence to the spheres of local politics and civil society.

Author: Guillermo Trejo

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 380

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2020-09-03


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