Police-criminal collusion like that examined in this book is common throughout Latin America and around the globe. This conclusion moves beyond the case of Argentina to consider the implications of its findings for understandings of the state. Unlike explanations that have focused either on the absence of the state or its violent presence, it argues that by including the clandestine dimensions of state actions, the state that emerges is a deeply ambivalent organization. While collusion is a patterned phenomenon, its structural character does not mean that this profound entanglement is permanent. In the rest of this conclusion, we reflect on well-documented cases of collusion at different times and in different places to consider how collusion can be can eradicated.
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