• Vidal RomeroEmail author


A central task of a state is to establish order within its territory. The mere creation of the state is justified by this statement. A proper order that allows citizens to develop in all dimensions is based upon the rule of law. An insecure environment (i.e. disorder) signals a weakness in the rule of law, which is further weakened as crime and violence unfold. Mexico has been suffering an insecurity crisis since 2007 – which is not unique, or even the worst in its recent history. It is, however, the worst insecurity crisis since the country’s democratization process began. The combination of a deficient rule of law, an ineffective war on drugs, a fiscal system disconnected from citizens’ preferences, and the democratization process itself, has provided fertile ground for a dramatic increase in crime and violence. Under these circumstances, strengthening the rule of law is paramount, yet conditions are such that improving it will prove problematic.


Security Violence Rule of law Mexico Fiscal disconnect war on drugs Drug trafficking organizations Democratization Homicides Drug legalization 


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  1. 1.Political Science DepartmentITAMMexico CityMexico

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