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In the Lurch between Government and Chaos: Unconsolidated Democracy in Mexico

Reports
January 2013

In the Lurch between Government and Chaos: Unconsolidated Democracy in Mexico

Democratic transitions in Mexico and parts of Central America over the past two decades have tested the limits of their governing institutions. Failure to overhaul old regime structures have left these regions with governing institutions incapable of handling modern, complex challenges. As these primitive systems collapsed, crime and corruption have risen to fill the vacuum, undermining development and economic growth.

Over the past two decades, organized crime has taken over key activities and corruption has become more entrenched at various levels of government.

Reform of individual institutions is not enough to staunch powerful criminal organizations. The critical objective is for the state to recover the monopoly on violence by creating modern, competent democratic institutions capable of engaging in good governance.

Table of Contents 

I. Introduction

II. Governance in Perspective

III. Globalization as a Force for Democratization

IV. Democratization, Institutions, and Crime

A. The Rise of Organized Crime

V. Institutions and Corruption

A. Institutional Weakness

B. The Consequences of Informality

VI. The Impact of Organized Crime on Society

A. Implications for the Future

B. A Role for the Public?

IV. Conclusions