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Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century MexicoThe Other Half of the Centaur$
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Wil G. Pansters

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781589

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781589.001.0001

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Policing and Regime Transition

Policing and Regime Transition

From Postauthoritarianism to Populism to Neoliberalism

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(p.68) Chapter Three Policing and Regime Transition
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Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico
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Diane E. Davis

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781589.003.0003

This chapter examines the role of the police in Mexico's political transition from post-authoritarianism to populism to neoliberalism. Mexican police rely on their coercive power to guarantee the state's authority in the Weberian sense of the term, but at the same have been involved in various forms of violence, including political violence. The highly contentious “police question,” political policing, and the unparalleled extent of police corruption and impunity existing in Mexico can be traced to the 1910 revolution and its aftermath. This chapter explores the interconnections and historical roots of different actors, dimensions, and manifestations of violence, insecurity, and coercion in relation to state-making in Mexico. Finally, it looks at how political regime-type affected, and were affected by, changes in the relationships between police, military, citizens, and the state.

Keywords:   policing, political transition, violence, corruption, insecurity, coercion, state-making, populism, neoliberalism

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