Studies of Organized Crime

Murder and Politics in Mexico

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

Authors: Schatz, Sara

  • 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 collecting difficult-to-gather data and research, using rare political-party documents
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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 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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 1-5

  • Mexico’s Liberalization–Democratization in Context

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 7-22

  • Theoretical Dimensions of a Structured System of Impunity for Political Killings

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 23-46

  • Authorizing Political Killing in Mexico: The Importance of a Destructive Social Milieu

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 47-113

  • Disarming the Legal System: Impunity for the Political Murder of Dissidents in Mexico

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 115-142

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eBook $54.99
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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-2808-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Murder and Politics in Mexico
Book Subtitle
Political Killings in the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica and its Consequences
Authors
Series Title
Studies of Organized Crime
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8068-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8068-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8067-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2808-4
Series ISSN
1571-5493
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 243
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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