Authoritarian Recall: Mexico’s Drug War and Subnational Patterns of Opposition to Democracy

Jon Hiskey, Mary Fran T. Malone and I wrote a piece on how the subnational political context mediates the relationship between a crisis and support for non-democratic alternatives. When faced with a violent shock to the system, public attitudes towards democracy depend in part on one’s experiences with non-democratic alternatives and whether these authoritarian options appear to solve the crisis at hand more effectively. In this way, citizens’ support for democracy can depend on how well they think their democracy can address security crisis compared to authoritarian alternatives.

For several years Mexico has been in the midst of just such a crisis, as its war on drug trafficking organisations has brought an unprecedented rise in violence and, in some areas, posed a direct challenge to the state’s capacity to govern. In this context, we add Mexico’s subnational political landscape, which ranges from vibrant, multi-party states to those with continued connections to a dominant one-party past. We leverage these variations in subnational political context and levels of drug-related violence combining state level surveys and aggregate data.

Hiskey, Jonathan, Mary Fran T. Malone, and Alejandro Diaz-Dominguez. “Authoritarian Recall: Mexico’s Drug War and Subnational Patterns of Opposition to Democracy.” Journal of Politics in Latin America 12, no. 1 (April 2020): 3-31.

This is an open access piece.

About Alejandro Diaz Dominguez

Professor, School of Government at Tecnológico de Monterrey. PhD in Political Science at Vanderbilt University. [religion and politics, R, surveys, electoral management bodies] Twitter: @alejdiazd View all posts by Alejandro Diaz Dominguez

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