Building Resilient Communities in Mexico (2014)

building_communitiesEdited by David A. Shirk, Duncan Wood, and Eric Olson

“Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence,” offers concrete policy options for government leaders in Mexico and the United States to build on current civic engagement efforts to strengthen the rule of law and improve security in Mexico. The book examines ways to enhance civic responses to violence in Mexico, increase civic engagement with the state in promoting the rule of law, and help to shape public debate on the issue more broadly. In light of recent concerns about the desperate measures taken by vigilantes and armed self-defense groups in rural Mexico, this new book provides a timely effort to evaluate the constructive responses of Mexican society in the face of years of crime and violence, bringing together experts from the United States and Mexico to consider a variety of related issues.


La reforma al sistema de justicia penal en México (2012)

Edited by Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David A. Shirk

This monograph contributes to the study of recent changes to the justice system in Mexico through an analysis of relevant constitutional provisions in the reform process, the state implementation processes, and its evaluation. It also provides examples of specific processes in some states as well as analysis of specific figures included in the Mexican legal framework. This volume is the third and last of the series of monographs on security and rule of law by the Justice in Mexico Project.


Shared Responsibility: U.S.-Mexico Policy Options for Confronting Organized Crime (2010)

Edited by Eric L. Olson, David A. Shirk, and Andrew Selee

This publication examines specific challenges for security cooperation between the United States and Mexico including efforts to address the consumption of narcotics, money laundering, arms trafficking, intelligence sharing, policy strengthening, judicial reform, civil-military relations, and the protection of journalists. It concludes that binational efforts to stop organized crime and the exploding violence in Mexico have made positive advances but could fail to adequately address the challenge unless cooperation is significantly deepened and expanded.


Justiciabarómetro: Estudio de la policia municipal preventiva de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara (2010)

160706_JB_ZMG_coverEdited by Maria Eugenia Suárez de Garay, Marcos Pablo Moloeznik, and David A. Shirk

This monograph is part of one of the most important debates of modern Mexico: how police should be reformed to better address the serious problems of public insecurity. The authors emphasize that in Mexico, the most urgent challenge is the need for a model in which citizens do not have the feeling that there can be abuses and restrictions and propose that the police should be reformed substantially until the public perception positive again. They raise a strategy to strengthen local police, because its members know their communities and are part of the social fabric.



Police and Public Security in Mexico (2009)

Edited by Robert A. Donnelly and David A. Shirk

This monograph brings together the works of nine exceptional scholars who present timely analysis of questions about the course of Mexican public security and the prospects for strengthening the rule of law, provide a thorough assessment of Mexico’s principal domestic security challenges, and offer insights on how to tackle them. The volume edited by Donnelly and Shirk is the second of the series of monographs on security and rule of law by the Justice in Mexico Project.