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Cities, Business, and the Politics of Urban Violence In Latin America$
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Eduardo Moncada

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804794176

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804794176.001.0001

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Rethinking the Politics of Urban Violence

Rethinking the Politics of Urban Violence

(p.1) 1 Rethinking the Politics of Urban Violence
Cities, Business, and the Politics of Urban Violence In Latin America

Eduardo Moncada

Stanford University Press

Chapter abstract: This chapter outlines the challenges that urban violence poses for development and establishes why existing analytical approaches to this area of study offer limited leverage for explaining the politics of urban violence. To develop a stronger analytic approach the chapter develops a framework in response to three overarching questions: (1) What shapes the preferences of both the private sector and city mayors regarding responses to urban violence? (2) How do distinct types of local government-business relations condition the ability of other political and social actors to influence the politics of urban violence? and (3) How do patterns of armed territorial control that vary in their levels of homicides and coordination in criminal leadership facilitate or constrain distinct types of responses to urban violence? The chapter previews the research design, methodology, and the comparative empirical analyses focused on Colombia’s three principal cities: Medellin, Cali, and Bogota.

Keywords:   urban violence, private sector, mayors, criminal leadership, territorial control, homicides, Medellin, Cali, Bogota

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