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Fighting crime and maintaining order: shared worldviews of civilian and military elites in Brazil and Mexico

 

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Type:   Article
 
Titre:   Fighting crime and maintaining order: shared worldviews of civilian and military elites in Brazil and Mexico
 
Auteur(s):   Medeiros Passos, Anais (1989-...) (PhD) - Centre de recherches internationales (Auteur)
 
In:   Third world quarterly
 
Date de publication:   2017-09-28
 
Éditeur:   ROYAUME-UNI  :  Routledge
 
Volume:   39
 
Numéro:   Special Issue
 
Pages:   1-17  p.
 
ISSN:   01436597
 
DOI:   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2017.1374836
 
Mots-clés:   [en] Armed forces, domestic military missions, police, drug trafficking, Latin America
 
Résumé:   [en] Domestic internal security missions have become a centrepiece of Brazil and Mexico’s counter-narcotic efforts. Relying on a set of interviews, this article addresses narratives of elites engaged in the decision-making process and implementation of military operations to counter drug trafficking crimes in Rio de Janeiro and Tijuana. In spite of different levels of drug trafficking organisation and international ramification, this article points out the existence of shared narratives of growing insecurity and criminal strength in Brazil and Mexico, justifying state military reaction against a perceived national security threat. The article thus suggests the relevance of civil–military elites’ perception in defining public policies’ instruments and, ultimately, in upholding the militarisation of security in democratic regimes.
 
 

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