Organized Crime and State Capacity in Mexico

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2024

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Scott, Maria

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This thesis analyzes the relationship between state capacity and organized crime in Mexico. After first reviewing the leading causal models in literature today regarding the rise of organized crime, the definitions of both organized crime groups and state capacity are established in relation to this research. Then, a case study of two states in Mexico, Yucatán and Sinaloa, which have experienced different levels of cartel violence, reveals that low state capacity enables organized crime to increase in the region. While other causal factors may play a role in the rise of organized crime, the results of this case study suggest that state capacity reduces violence, even when other factors predicting violence are present.

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Organized Crime., State Capacity., Mexico

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