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Title: Mexico's drug war: Cartels, gangs, sovereignty and the network state
Author: Sullivan, John P.
Director: Castells Oliván, Manuel
Keywords: cartels
Issue Date: 21-Oct-2013
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: This study seeks to understand the role of transnational organized crime in challenging the sovereignty of the nation state. In order to do so it provides an analysis of the most important current case: the insurgency waged by the narcos (cartels and associated gangs) in Mexico. The thesis starts with the proposition that transnational organized crime challenges states in many ways. At a minimum, criminal enterprises extract resources, corrupt state institutions, and engender sporadic violence. At the extreme, transnational criminal enterprises — including drug cartels and gangs — erode state capacity and have the potential to alter state functions and sovereignty. This study examines the impact of transnational criminal actors on states and sovereignty. To do so, it looks at Mexican drug cartels and gangs and the impact of the on-going Mexican drug war—known as "la inseguridad" in Mexico.
Language: English
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Thesis

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