Dysfunction of the Mexican State in Reference to the Public Safety

  • Karol Derwich Uniwersytet Jagielloński


public security, organized crime, violence, narcobussines, Mexico


Growing violence in Mexico makes a public security issue one of the most important problems that faces Mexican authorities. An analysis of functioning of the Mexican state in the area of security demonstrates quite explicitly that state’s institutions responsible for ensuring security to the citizens suffer a deep dysfunction. The effect of this grave dysfunction is the expansion of organized crime in Mexico, mostly drug cartels. Despite a set of strong efforts – maintained mostly by the administration of president Felipe Calderón – Mexican authorities cannot resolved the problem of growing violence related to the development of narcobusiness. So called “war on drugs” does not bring required effects. It is the result of disability of state’s institutions to restrict activity of drug cartels that are the source of a huge wave of violence. Almost total dysfunction of police forces, lack of proper training of military forces to realize new functions, huge corruption are only a few examples of state’s disability to realize one of the principle needs of the citizens which is security. The state dysfunction issue is very important not only in the result of not carrying out its basic duties and functions toward citizens. It brings a significant danger for the rule of law and political stability. In Mexico this dysfunction had a significant impact on the results of the last presidential election in which citizens refused hitherto model of combating the organized crime and voted for the PRI candidate that rejected previous strategy.

Author Biography

Karol Derwich, Uniwersytet Jagielloński

Dr Karol Derwich – adiunkt w Zakładzie Ameryki Łacińskiej, Instytut Amerykanistyki i Studiów Polonijnych Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego.


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How to Cite
DERWICH, Karol. Dysfunction of the Mexican State in Reference to the Public Safety. Ameryka Łacińska. Kwartalnik Analityczno-Informacyjny, [S.l.], n. 1 (83), p. 3-22, apr. 2014. ISSN 2081-1152. Available at: <http://amerykalacinska.com/ojs/index.php/al/article/view/230>. Date accessed: 04 apr. 2020.
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