Economy as Grand Guignol: The Postreform Era in Mexico

Mexican Flag XXLThe Mexico Institute is pleased to share with you William P. Glade’s chapter from the Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics, edited by Advisory Board member Roderic Ai Camp.

Deeply rooted in decades of pervasive corruption, a legacy cost of immense significance for the national political and economic life of Mexico, trafficking in narcotics is now seemingly unstoppable as a major export industry, a position it has been approaching for the past two or three decades. 1 In the years since its inception, it has been nourished by a particularly lethal combination: the strength of U.S. demand for imported drugs, thanks to the limited effectiveness of programs to arrest addiction, and a counterfl ow of exports of arms from the United States to Mexico. Since at least the sweeping sociocultural changes of the 1960s in the United States, this is the fundamental set of supply and demand relationships that has propelled this Mexican growth industry forward. As the infamous Colombian narcotics processing and exporting sector was more or less eliminated as a major player in the past ten years or so, Mexican suppliers have found their position in the North American market enhanced and, concurrently, have taken firmer control of supply routes feeding into Mexico from Central America, the Caribbean, and countries to the south and of zones of Mexico producing the materials used in narcotics production.

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2 thoughts on “Economy as Grand Guignol: The Postreform Era in Mexico

  1. Laura MacDonald

    Hi – I think the link on this item hasn’t been enabled, I would love to read the whole document. Laura Macdonald ________________________________________


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