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10185 - The institutional patterns of organized crime in Central America

Nowadays, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras integrate a region highly impacted by organized crime specially related to drug trafficking. During the last years the focus has been placed predominantly on the transnational dimension of organized crime as a contemporary problem. However, organized crime in these countries can be traced back to the 60´s through its strong national and regional roots. The transnational approach has been mostly concentrated on the violent actors, while other non-violent actors as well as contextual political conditions still remain marginalized. On the other hand, there is a tendency to explain the proliferation of organized crime as a result of the existence of weak states and lack of institutional capabilities to fight against violent actors. Unlike these approaches, the focus of this paper is on the institutional patterns emerging from the relations between private sector, political actors and public institutions at the national and regional level.      

Palavras-chaves: Organized crime, Central America, private sector, political actors, public institutions

Autores: Argueta, Otto (GIGA ILAS, Germany / Deutschland)

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