This book seeks to overcome the lack of theoretically informed empirical studies on policing and state-society relations in areas of limited statehood. By drawing on in-depth field research in Mexico City, Markus-Michael Müller offers an insightful analysis of the negotiated character of the Mexican state and its impact on policing. Despite the resulting un-public nature of Mexican policing, he demonstrates that Mexico City residents do not abandon the state as a security provider but continue to turn to the state, in a variety of formal and informal ways and even have normative expectations regarding state-centred security provision. By putting these findings in perspective with other related cases in Latin America, Africa and Asia, the author provides a new cutting-edge perspective on the material and symbolic relevance of the state in areas of limited statehood.
Introduction: The State, Policing and (In)Security in 'Most of the World'
The Negotiated State and Policing in Mexico
The Contemporary Mexico City Police
Policing and Capital City Politics
The Transnationalization of Policing in Mexico City
Neighborhood Images: Policing in Coyoacán and Iztapalapa
Looking Beyond Mexico