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More Money, More Crime: Prosperity and Rising Crime in Latin America

Marcelo Bergman


This book reviews the rapid rise of crime and violence in Latin America over the last few decades and offers an explanation to a striking paradox: In the midst of decreasing poverty, economic growth, and democratization crime has risen throughout the region. Drawing from large data sets, I argue that this is because crime has become a profitable industry in weak states with outdated criminal justice systems unable to withstand the challenge posed by new criminal enterprises. Prosperity has enhanced consumer demand for illicit goods, fueling the growth of secondary and illegal markets, includin ... More

Keywords: crime, violence, Latin America, drugs, illegal markets, prisons, police, organized crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190608774
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190608774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcelo Bergman, author
Professor of Sociology and Law, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero