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Democracies at War Against Drugs

The Military Mystique in Brazil and Mexico

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers an empirical and theoretical examination of the issue of the role of the military on national soil

  • Provides a theoretically informed understanding of contemporary security politics in Brazil and Mexico

  • Written by Anaís Medeiros Passos

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction

    • Anaís Medeiros Passos
    Pages 1-23
  3. The Politics of Militarization

    • Anaís Medeiros Passos
    Pages 67-109
  4. The Military Mystique

    • Anaís Medeiros Passos
    Pages 111-158
  5. The Military’s Agency Patterns

    • Anaís Medeiros Passos
    Pages 159-194
  6. The Use of Violence by Military Personnel

    • Anaís Medeiros Passos
    Pages 195-242
  7. Conclusions

    • Anaís Medeiros Passos
    Pages 243-255
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 257-286

About this book

“In an era when violence in Latin America remains widespread, we still lack a sufficient understanding of military crime fighting in the region. Anais M. Passos’s well written and richly detailed study helps fill the gap. This is an excellent study that deserves to be widely read and debated.”

David Pion-Berlin, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Riverside, USA

This book provides an in-depth account of military operations against drug gangs and organizations in two of the biggest countries in Latin America: Brazil and Mexico. Recent studies on drug wars have detailed case studies on the war on drugs but do not focus on the role of the army in such policies. Publications that do drive attention to the military in such situations are usually from human rights organizations or the press and are therefore not scholarly works. There are therefore no recent academic books dealing with the role of the military in the fight against drugs in Latin America. This book aims to fill this gap. It also offers an empirical and theoretical examination of the issue of the role of the military (rather than the police) on national soil—the army being generally devoted to interventions abroad, and the police, to law enforcement on the national ground. The book is also the first work to look at high-level negotiations between military and civilian elites that define the conditions for the use of force during military operations. It provides a theoretically informed understanding of contemporary security politics in Brazil and Mexico.

Anaís Medeiros Passos is Associate Professor of Political Science in Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. 


Keywords

  • Democracy
  • Security
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Drug Wars
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • military
  • police
  • armed forced
  • military personnel
  • politics of militarization
  • military missions

Reviews

"In an era when violence in Latin America remains widespread, we still lack a sufficient understanding of military crime fighting in the region. Anais M.Passos’s well written and richly detailed study helps fill the gap. Drawing on exhaustive fieldwork including 100 interviews with  military officers, politicians and civilians, this book is the first  to compare military public security operations in the two high crime cities of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Tijuana, Mexico.  It demonstrates how citizen perceptions regarding military superiority over police often drive governments to more frequently use soldiers in extensive crime-fighting operations, often at the expense of civilian control and police reform. This is an excellent study that deserves to be widely read and debated". (—David Pion-Berlin, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Riverside, USA)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Florianópolis, Brazil

    Anaís Medeiros Passos

About the author

Anaís Medeiros Passos is Associate Professor of Political Science in Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-11327-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)