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Dec 11, 2013 12:15 PM, Room 707 International Affairs Building
Speaker: Professor Gustavo Flores-Macias, Cornell University
In response to the threat posed by drug trafficking organizations, developing countries are increasingly relying on the armed forces for their counter-drug strategies. Drawing on the literature on internal conflict and state capacity, this paper studies how the militarization of anti-drug efforts affects state capacity along three dimensions: rule of law, social compliance, and fiscal extraction. I advance theoretical expectations for this relationship, identify potential mechanisms, and evaluate them in the context of Mexico. Based on government statistics, public opinion polls, and difference-in-differences estimation, I find that the militarization of anti-drug efforts has resulted in the weakening of the state along the three dimensions.