Mexico's Illicit Drug Networks and the State Reaction

Georgetown University Press
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Mexican drug networks are large and violent, engaging in activities like the trafficking of narcotics, money laundering, extortion, kidnapping, and mass murder. Despite the impact of these activities in Mexico and abroad, these illicit networks are remarkably resilient to state intervention.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with US and Mexican law enforcement, government officials, organized crime victims, and criminals, Nathan P. Jones examines the comparative resilience of two basic types of drug networks—“territorial” and “transactional”—that are differentiated by their business strategies and provoke wildly different responses from the state. Transactional networks focus on trafficking and are more likely to collude with the state through corruption, while territorial networks that seek to control territory for the purpose of taxation, extortion, and their own security often trigger a strong backlash from the state.

Timely and authoritative, Mexico's Illicit Drug Networks and the State Reaction provides crucial insight into why Mexico targets some drug networks over others, reassesses the impact of the war on drugs, and proposes new solutions for weak states in their battles with drug networks.

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Nathan P. Jones is a nonresident scholar in drug policy and Mexico studies at the Baker Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of Security Studies at Sam Houston State University.

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Publisher
Georgetown University Press
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Published on
Apr 15, 2016
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781626162969
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / International Relations / General
Political Science / Security (National & International)
Political Science / World / Caribbean & Latin American
Social Science / Criminology
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