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Cutting a deal with the Mexican police

Interview with Pablo Piccato


In the backdrop of the “war” between drug cartels and violence escalation in Mexico, the gap between the police and society is widening. Historian Pablo Piccato analyses the historical and geopolitical factors underlying the strong distrust of the police in Mexico.

Pablo Piccato, professor, specializes in Mexican history. He has worked on the political and cultural history of Mexico, and on the history of crime.

- Can a historical perspective help get a better grasp of the controversial place of the police in today’s Mexican society?

- Do corrupted practices result from a deficient professionalization?

- How can the Mexican case be explained in the backdrop of a global decline in blood crimes since the 1990s?

- Despite recent claims, the role of the United States as a drug market and as a gun supplier doesn’t seem likely to be regulated any time soon. How do transnational logics weigh on the Mexican state’s capacity to act?

- In Mexico, the professionalization of the police does not impact the mounting violence nor the civil society’s propensity to intervene and regulate independently. Is this situation specific to Mexico or can it, on the contrary, give an insight into the global evolution of the police?


Can a historical perspective help get a better grasp of the controversial place of the police in today’s Mexican society?

Can a historical perspective help get a better grasp of the controversial place of the police in today’s Mexican society?
If you don’t manage to watch this video here you can watch it on Dailymotion

Do corrupted practices result from a deficient professionalization?

Do corrupted practices result from a deficient professionalization?
If you don’t manage to watch this video here you can watch it on Dailymotion

How can the Mexican case be explained in the backdrop of a global decline in blood crimes since the 1990s?

How can the Mexican case be explained in the backdrop of a global decline in blood crimes since the 1990s?
If you don’t manage to watch this video here you can watch it on Dailymotion

Despite recent claims, the role of the United States as a drug market and as a gun supplier doesn’t seem likely to be regulated any time soon. How do transnational logics weigh on the Mexican state’s capacity to act?

How do transnational logics weigh on the Mexican state’s capacity to act?
If you don’t manage to watch this video here you can watch it on Dailymotion

In Mexico, the professionalization of the police does not impact the mounting violence nor the civil society’s propensity to intervene and regulate independently. Is this situation specific to Mexico or can it, on the contrary, give an insight into the global evolution of the police?

Is the limited impact of the professionalization of the police specific to the Mexican case?
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To quote this article :

Quentin Deluermoz & Jeanne Moisand, « Cutting a deal with the Mexican police. Interview with Pablo Piccato », Books and Ideas , 11 March 2011. ISSN : 2105-3030. URL : http://www.booksandideas.net/Cutting-a-deal-with-the-Mexican.html

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by Quentin Deluermoz & Jeanne Moisand , 11 March 2011

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