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Murder and Politics in Mexico Political Killings in the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica and its Consequences

Murder and Politics in Mexico Political Killings in the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica and... Murder and Politics in Mexico studies the causes of political killings in Mexico’s liberalization-democratization within the larger context of political repression. Mexico’s democratization process has entailed a little known but highly significant cost of human lives in pre- and post-election violence. The majority of these crimes remain in a state of impunity: in other words, no person had been charged with the crime and/or no investigation of it had occurred. This has several consequences for Mexican politics: when the level of violence is extreme and when political killings that are systematic and invasive are involved, this could indicate a real fracture in the democratic system. This book analyzes several dimensions regarding impunity and political crime, more specifically, the political killings of members of the PRD in the post-1988 period in Mexico. The main argument proposed in this book is that impunity for political killings is a structured system requiring one central precondition, namely the failure of the legal system to function as a system of restraint for killings. Dr Schatz’s research finds that political assassinations are indeed rational, targeted actions but they do not occur within an institutional vacuum. Political assassinations are calculated strategies of action aimed at eliminating political rivals. As a form of interpersonal violence, political assassination involves direct or implied authorization from political leaders, the availability of assassins for hire and the willingness of some political leaders to utilize them against political opponents, and violent interactions between political parties combined with judicial system ineffectiveness. A corrupt legal system facilitates the use of political assassination and explains the persistence of impunity for political murder over time. To reduce political violence in the transition to electoral democracy, specific institutional conditions, namely a structured system of impunity for murder, must be overcome.; With more than 70 per cent of murders of Partido de la Revolución Democrática members remaining unsolved, this study of the causes of political killings in Mexico’s ongoing process of democratization puts them firmly in the context of political repression. ; PART I: Analytic Considerations.- Mexico's Liberalization--Democratization in Context.- Theortical Dimensions of a Structured System of Impunity for Political Killings.- Authorizing Politcal Killings in Mexico: The Importance of a Destructive Social Milieu.- Disarming the Legal System: Impunity for the Political Murder of Dissidents in Mexico.- Impunity and Electoral Challenges from Below: The Killing Fields of Guerrero.- Impunity for Political Killings in a Comparative Perspective.- Conclusion.- PART II: A History of Violence: Case Studies of PRD Members Killed, 1994.- Appendix. ; Sara Schatz is a criminology expert currently affiliated with Ohio State University, as an assistant professor for Latin American Studies. She received her PhD. in Sociology at UCLA, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in International Development from UCLA. Her research specializes in the political and legal situation in Mexico. ; Murder and Politics in Mexico studies the causes of political killings in Mexico’s liberalization-democratization within the larger context of political repression. Mexico’s democratization process has entailed a little known, but highly significant cost of human lives in pre- and post-election violence. The majority of these crimes remain in a state of impunity: in other words, no person had been charged with the crime and/or no investigation of it had occurred. This has several consequences for Mexican politics: when the level of violence is extreme and when political killings are involved that are systematic and pervasive, this could indicate a real fracture in the democratic system. This book analyzes several dimensions regarding impunity and political crime, more specifically, the political killings of members of the PRD in the post-1988 period in Mexico. The main argument proposed in this book is that impunity for political killings is a structured system requiring one central precondition, namely the failure of the legal system to function as a system of restraint for killings. Dr Schatz’s research finds that political assassinations are indeed rational, targeted actions but they do not occur within an institutional vacuum. They are caused by multiple, interacting factors that involve the political, legal and criminal justice systems. As a form of interpersonal violence, political assassination involves direct or implied authorization from political leaders, the availability of assassins for hire and the willingness of some political leaders to utilize them against political opponents, and violent interactions between political parties combined with judicial system ineffectiveness. A corrupt legal system facilitates the use of political assassinations and explains the persistence of impunity for political murder over time. To reduce political violence in the transition to electoral democracy, specific institutional conditions, namely a structured system of impunity for murder, must be overcome. ; The only currently existing monograph on political assassination in Mexico Explores the effect of democratization on crime and criminal justice in Mexico, with applications throughout Latin America The result of several years of collection of difficult to gather data and research, using rare political-party documents ; GB http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Murder and Politics in Mexico Political Killings in the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica and its Consequences

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Murder and Politics in Mexico studies the causes of political killings in Mexico’s liberalization-democratization within the larger context of political repression. Mexico’s democratization process has entailed a little known but highly significant cost of human lives in pre- and post-election violence. The majority of these crimes remain in a state of impunity: in other words, no person had been charged with the crime and/or no investigation of it had occurred. This has several consequences for Mexican politics: when the level of violence is extreme and when political killings that are systematic and invasive are involved, this could indicate a real fracture in the democratic system. This book analyzes several dimensions regarding impunity and political crime, more specifically, the political killings of members of the PRD in the post-1988 period in Mexico. The main argument proposed in this book is that impunity for political killings is a structured system requiring one central precondition, namely the failure of the legal system to function as a system of restraint for killings. Dr Schatz’s research finds that political assassinations are indeed rational, targeted actions but they do not occur within an institutional vacuum. Political assassinations are calculated strategies of action aimed at eliminating political rivals. As a form of interpersonal violence, political assassination involves direct or implied authorization from political leaders, the availability of assassins for hire and the willingness of some political leaders to utilize them against political opponents, and violent interactions between political parties combined with judicial system ineffectiveness. A corrupt legal system facilitates the use of political assassination and explains the persistence of impunity for political murder over time. To reduce political violence in the transition to electoral democracy, specific institutional conditions, namely a structured system of impunity for murder, must be overcome.; With more than 70 per cent of murders of Partido de la Revolución Democrática members remaining unsolved, this study of the causes of political killings in Mexico’s ongoing process of democratization puts them firmly in the context of political repression. ; PART I: Analytic Considerations.- Mexico's Liberalization--Democratization in Context.- Theortical Dimensions of a Structured System of Impunity for Political Killings.- Authorizing Politcal Killings in Mexico: The Importance of a Destructive Social Milieu.- Disarming the Legal System: Impunity for the Political Murder of Dissidents in Mexico.- Impunity and Electoral Challenges from Below: The Killing Fields of Guerrero.- Impunity for Political Killings in a Comparative Perspective.- Conclusion.- PART II: A History of Violence: Case Studies of PRD Members Killed, 1994.- Appendix. ; Sara Schatz is a criminology expert currently affiliated with Ohio State University, as an assistant professor for Latin American Studies. She received her PhD. in Sociology at UCLA, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in International Development from UCLA. Her research specializes in the political and legal situation in Mexico. ; Murder and Politics in Mexico studies the causes of political killings in Mexico’s liberalization-democratization within the larger context of political repression. Mexico’s democratization process has entailed a little known, but highly significant cost of human lives in pre- and post-election violence. The majority of these crimes remain in a state of impunity: in other words, no person had been charged with the crime and/or no investigation of it had occurred. This has several consequences for Mexican politics: when the level of violence is extreme and when political killings are involved that are systematic and pervasive, this could indicate a real fracture in the democratic system. This book analyzes several dimensions regarding impunity and political crime, more specifically, the political killings of members of the PRD in the post-1988 period in Mexico. The main argument proposed in this book is that impunity for political killings is a structured system requiring one central precondition, namely the failure of the legal system to function as a system of restraint for killings. Dr Schatz’s research finds that political assassinations are indeed rational, targeted actions but they do not occur within an institutional vacuum. They are caused by multiple, interacting factors that involve the political, legal and criminal justice systems. As a form of interpersonal violence, political assassination involves direct or implied authorization from political leaders, the availability of assassins for hire and the willingness of some political leaders to utilize them against political opponents, and violent interactions between political parties combined with judicial system ineffectiveness. A corrupt legal system facilitates the use of political assassinations and explains the persistence of impunity for political murder over time. To reduce political violence in the transition to electoral democracy, specific institutional conditions, namely a structured system of impunity for murder, must be overcome. ; The only currently existing monograph on political assassination in Mexico Explores the effect of democratization on crime and criminal justice in Mexico, with applications throughout Latin America The result of several years of collection of difficult to gather data and research, using rare political-party documents ; GB

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