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Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence$
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Deborah Avant, Marie Berry, Erica Chenoweth, Rachel Epstein, Cullen Hendrix, Oliver Kaplan, and Timothy Sisk

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190056896

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190056896.001.0001

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Doing Business amid Criminal Violence

Doing Business amid Criminal Violence

Companies and Civil Action in Mexico

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(p.147) 6 Doing Business amid Criminal Violence
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Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence
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Sandra Ley

Magdalena Guzmán

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190056896.003.0006

Criminal violence has risen dramatically across Mexico in the last decade, and it has had devastating economic, social, and political consequences. How have Mexicans reacted to these violent trends? This chapter explores the civil actions of the Mexican business sector and their potential effects. It focuses on Monterrey, Mexico, where companies actively helped to create a new, more accountable police force, launched an innovative crime-reporting mechanism to better monitor and prosecute crimes, and engaged with local governments to enhance political accountability and citizen oversight. The chapter briefly compares the experience of the business sector in Monterrey with that of Ciudad Juárez and Acapulco, where the role of businesses respectively resulted in an array of broader civil and “uncivil” actions amid criminal violence,. Overall, the chapter shows that in the face of organized crime, the private sector and governments can potentially collaborate with each other, both as allies and as a system of societal checks and accountability.

Keywords:   private sector, companies, entrepreneurs, organized crime, criminal violence, Mexico

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