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Explaining the Rise in Mexico's Cartel Related Violence

Perrone, Francesca

Given the insecurity that the Mexican state and millions of people face at the hands of drug trafficking organizations, the puzzle for this paper is to understand the social and political sources (independent variables) that have caused the recent surge in cartel related violence (dependent variable). The discussion of violence includes any episode of homicide, kidnappings, threats, and extortion that are against both civilians and political figures (produced by the cartels). Through a historical lens, I argue that the Mexican state’s transition to democracy and militarization (militarized anti-narcotics campaign) are the independent variables that may help explain the increase in cartel related violence. Studying the potential causes of violence is necessary in order to develop an appropriate strategy or policy to combat violence and ensure the safety of the society.

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Academic Units
Political Science (Barnard College)
Thesis Advisors
Marten, Kimberly Joy
Degree
B.A., Barnard College
Published Here
July 23, 2018
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