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The Ambivalent StatePolice-Criminal Collusion at the Urban Margins$
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Javier Auyero and Katherine Sobering

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190915537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190915537.001.0001

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Establishing the “Arreglo”

Establishing the “Arreglo”

(p.89) 4 Establishing the “Arreglo”
The Ambivalent State

Javier Auyero

Katherine Sobering

Oxford University Press

How do clandestine relationships emerge between police agents and drug dealers? Drawing on documentary evidence, this chapter examines the “foundational negotiations” of these arrangements or “arreglos.” It then reconstructs the case of Los Vagones, an organization that sells drugs in the slums outside Buenos Aires, detailing how it not only pays its police contacts for protection but also engages in the regular exchange of goods and information to evade prosecution. Through a rich description of these clandestine interactions, it shows how relationships of collusion evolve and power dynamics shift over time.

Keywords:   drug market, collusion, violence, bribes, Argentina

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