Citizen security in Mexico: Examining municipal bureaucracy from the view of the intermediation-representation debate

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2017-05

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Palgrave Macmillan

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Abstract

The chapter examines citizen security in a south-eastern municipality in Mexico through the role of municipal front-line bureaucrats. The argument highlights that the degree of discretion of bureaucrats, the unequal power relations that they have in relation to citizen-users and their contribution to policy-making through service provision are characteristics that overlap with the three key dimensions of political intermediation addressed by the book. Bureaucrats make sense of their legitimacy (‘recognition dimension’); they negotiate with citizens to legitimize their job which is devalued in contexts of low levels of trust, corruption and violence (‘constraint dimension’); and they minimize conflict arisen from citizens’ attempts to achieve better quality of life (‘substantive-representation dimension’). With focus on the bureaucrat, juxtaposition is found between service implementation and electoral representation.

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The book stems from funding obtained by Latin American Sociaty Association (LASA)-Ford Foundation from October 2012 to October 2013 – US$10,000. This project aimed to construct a network of academics interested in developing the concept of intermediation used by citizens to access human rights and public services. A series of workshops with academics and practitioners were organised in Mexico City between 2013 and 2014. The discussions of those workshops led to the publication of an article by co-editors Gurza-Lavalle and Zaremberg (2014) in Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, a special panel in LASA Conference 2014 and the preparation of draft chapters in Spanish over 2015.

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Guarneros-Meza, V. (2017) Citizen security in Mexico: Examining municipal bureaucracy from the view of the intermediation-representation debate. In: Zaremberg, G., V. Guarneros-Meza and A. Gurza Lavalle (eds), Intermediation and Representation in Latin America - Actors and roles beyond elections, Palgrave Macmillan

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Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)
Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)