By: John Bailey and Matthew M. Taylor

Source: Journal of Politics in Latin America, 1, 2, 3-29.

Abstract original: The paper draws on recent cases from Brazil and Mexico with respect to tactical and strategic choices by governments and criminal groups, seeking to address three broad questions. What factors disrupt the state-criminal group equilibrium? Under what circumstances do disruptions produce significant levels of violence (as opposed to evasion or corruption)? What are the implications for the quality of democracy as criminal groups violently confront the state? 

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