Private Security and Paramilitarism in Colombia: Governing in the Midst of Violence

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Authors and Corporations: Grajales, Jacobo (Author)
Title: Private Security and Paramilitarism in Colombia: Governing in the Midst of Violence
published:
2017
Summary:The article examines the links between paramilitary groups and the Colombian state within a context of pervasive violence. Colombia represents a particularly interesting case as high-intensity violence is accompanied by the preservation of a relatively strong institutional framework. Most interpretations of this relationship consider it to be either a sign of state weakness or a centralized strategy to outsource violence. Taking a different stance, the paper argues that the existence of paramilitary groups compels us to analyze government through practices vis-à-vis the treatment of violence. A policy linking private security and counterinsurgency, crafted in the early 1990s and known as Convivir, provides an illustration of this approach.
Type of Resource:E-Book
Source:SSOAR Social Science Open Access Repository
Notes:Veröffentlichungsversion. begutachtet (peer reviewed). In: Journal of Politics in Latin America ; 9 (2017) 3 ; 27-48
Language: English