Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption
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Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption

Edited by Barney Warf

The Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption offers a comprehensive overview of how corruption varies across the globe. It explores the immense range of corruption among countries, and how this reflects levels of wealth, the centralization of power, colonial legacies, and different national cultures. Barney Warf presents an original and interdisciplinary collection of chapters from established researchers and leading academics that examine corruption from a spatial perspective.
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Chapter 8: Corruption in Mexico: continuity amid change

Stephen Morris


This chapter concerns Mexico. As with many countries, corruption there is deeply entrenched. Under the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), corruption may have contributed to political stability by allowing government officials to enjoy the spoils. More recently, despite a gradual shift away from one-party PRI authoritarianism, corruption in Mexico has increased. The decline in the PRI’s influence enhanced the power of state officials, with an associated splurge in local corruption. The shift involves new, and more corrupt, relations between firms and the state. Even democratization does not immunize a country from corruption, and Mexico’s efforts to stem corruption have been half-hearted at best. One of the most serious consequences has been a horrific increase in deaths related to drug trafficking and associated gang activity. Another victim has been public confidence in the Mexican state.

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