Democracy and Security
Department or Program
Mexico, Mexico City, Police, private security
This study investigates the participation of the Mexico City government in the private security market through the Policía Complementaria (Complementary Police), a grouping of public police forces that provide protection to clients in exchange for a fee. By providing these forces with special powers and advantages, the state can outcompete traditional private security firms and profit handsomely. The state’s encroachment into the market for security raises concerns about democracy, inequality, and policing. Moreover, it challenges traditional conceptions about the relationship between the state and private security.
Puck, L. (2021) The State in Private Security: Examining Mexico City’s Complementary Police. Democracy and Security, https://doi.org/10.1080/17419166.2021.1972286
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Democracy and Security on August 29, 2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17419166.2021.1972286
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