7172 - Techno-Dominance and External Bureaucratization: Understanding Continuity and Change in Latin America's Transnational Security Field

By focusing on police and rule of law assistance programs (mainly from the United States but also from European countries) the paper analyses the changing nature of transnational security governance in Latin America. By offering a historical periodization of different transnational assistance conjunctures, from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present, the paper argues that despite changing actors and official program goals, throughout the last one hundred years or so, the main continuity in Latin America's transnational security field consists in the promotion of external actors' security interests through the imposition of 'bureaucratic rule from above' (Chandler 2006). The main mechanism in this regard, consists in the symbolic, technological and operational norm- and standard-setting capacity of external actors. It is through the resulting bureaucratic adaptation of key decision-making parts of Latin America's security apparatuses, the paper concludes, that external security interests, ideas and knowledge have been deeply incorporated into Latin American security policies, in general with overly negative consequences for the local populations and the security situation in the region.

Palabras claves: Transnational Security Governance; Latin America; Policing

Autores: Müller, Markus-Michael (Universität Leipzig, Centre for Area Studies, Germany / Deutschland)


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