Publications

2003
Law Enforcement in Mexico City: Not Yet Under Control
Diane E. Davis. 2003. “Law Enforcement in Mexico City: Not Yet Under Control.” NACLA: Report on the Americas, 37, 2, Pp. 17-24. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Residents of Mexico City have been suffering from a heightened sense of public insecurity for at least a decade. Robberies and mugging ae relatively common occurences, and many citizens fear the consequences of using automatic teller machines or hailing cabs on public thoroughfares, given the rise of "express kidnappings," being forced to drive from ATM to ATM, usually at gunpoint, to withdraw cash.
Many Boundaries to Cross: The Comparative-Historical Sociology of Eiko Ikegami
Diane E. Davis. 2003. “Many Boundaries to Cross: The Comparative-Historical Sociology of Eiko Ikegami.” Comparative and Historical Sociology Newsletter, 15 , 2 , Pp. 2-5.
Participatión Democrática y Gobernabilidad en la Ciudad de México: El Reto del PRD en la Transitión Política
Diane E. Davis and Arturo Alvarado. 2003. “Participatión Democrática y Gobernabilidad en la Ciudad de México: El Reto del PRD en la Transitión Política.” Estudios Sociológicos, 21, 61, Pp. 135-166. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This paper attempts an analysis of a sort of paradox affecting left-wing government in the nation's capital. Its efforts are directed towards an understanding and an interpretation of what kind of government Mexico City has, from the point of view of the ongoing projects and ruling acts of its government. In order to do this, the authors examine and show the existing gap between the expectations generated by the triumph of the current jefe de gobierno (mayor) and its supporting political party (the PRD), and the ensuing urban policy outlined by the city's present administration. The authors also recount what the government experience of the PRD has been since their accession to power in the nation's capital in 1997.

The Public Accountability of Private Police: Lessons from New York, Johannesburg, and Mexico City
Diane E. Davis, Robert C. Davis, Christopher W. Ortiz, Sarah Dadush, Jenny Irish, and Arturo Alvarado. 2003. “The Public Accountability of Private Police: Lessons from New York, Johannesburg, and Mexico City.” Policing and Society, 13, 2, Pp. 197-210. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The accountability of public police has been well documented. The role and function of internal affairs divisions, civilian review boards, the media, and criminal and civil courts has been explored in many works. The same cannot be said about their private counterparts. Since the beginning of the 1970s, the global community has witnessed a surge in the number of and the reliance upon private police forces. Yet, empirical knowledge about their functions is hard to find and the mechanisms through which they are held accountable are still relatively unknown. This article explores the multiple paths through which private police are accountable in three applications drawn from diverse parts of the world. We conclude effective accountability is possible for private police through a variety of mechanisms.

Public Insecurity in the Developing World: The Challenges of Transition
Diane E. Davis. 2003. “Public Insecurity in the Developing World: The Challenges of Transition.” SPURS Newsletter.
Review of Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neo-liberalism by Sarah Babb
Diane E. Davis. 2003. “Review of Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neo-liberalism by Sarah Babb.” Political Science Quarterly.
2002
Capital City Politics in Mexico: The Local-National Dynamics of Democratization
Diane E. Davis. 2002. “Capital City Politics in Mexico: The Local-National Dynamics of Democratization.” In Capital City Politics in Latin America: Democratization and Change, edited by Henry A. Dietz and David J. Myers. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner.
Cities and Globalization: Old Wine in New Bottles
Diane E. Davis. 2002. “Cities and Globalization: Old Wine in New Bottles.” Community and Urban Sociology Newsletter.
From Democracy to Rule of Law?: Police Impunity in Contemporary Latin America
Diane E. Davis. 2002. “From Democracy to Rule of Law?: Police Impunity in Contemporary Latin America.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, 14, 1, Pp. 21-25. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Violent exchanges between armed officials and citizens, heightened fear and physical insecurity, police and military personnel who violate the law or flagrantly abuse their power, and growing popular discontent with states and elected officials who fail to guarantee the protection of constitutional rights and rule of law.
Warmaking in the New Millennium
Diane E. Davis. 2002. “Warmaking in the New Millennium.” Precis: MIT Center for International Studies Newsletter, 12 , 1 , Pp. 13-15.
2001
Cambio Político, Inseguridad Pública y Deterioro del Estado de Derecho en México
Diane E. Davis and Arturo Alvarado. 2001. “Cambio Político, Inseguridad Pública y Deterioro del Estado de Derecho en México.” Estudios Sociológicos, 19, 55, Pp. 239-245. Publisher's VersionAbstract

In this project, authors explain the basic theoretical contents, the methodology and other important questions to analyze the Mexican situation of change or transformation of the political regime and the setting up of the law abiding condition. The main questions are, on the one hand, if the law abiding condition is being built and the different kinds such process adopts and, on the other hand, in case this process is not occurring, understand and explain what is happening in the environment of the democratic guarantees of citizens expected by population.

Development and Urbanization
Diane E. Davis. 2001. “Development and Urbanization.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes. Oxford: Elsevier Science, Ltd.
Federalismo, descentralización, y cambio político ante la crisis de seguridad publica y ausencia de un estado de derecho
Diane E. Davis and Arturo Alvarado. 2001. “Federalismo, descentralización, y cambio político ante la crisis de seguridad publica y ausencia de un estado de derecho.” In Desafios a la consolidación de la democracia en Mexico: Seguridad, cambio institucional, y federalismo, edited by Arturo Alvarado and Sigrid Arzt. Mexico: Oceano Editorial.
2000
Review of The Left Strikes Back: Class Conflict in Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism by James Petras
Diane E. Davis. 3/2000. “Review of The Left Strikes Back: Class Conflict in Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism by James Petras.” Contemporary Sociology, 29, 2, Pp. 406-407. Publisher's Version
New Patterns of Militarized Violence and Coercion in the Americas
Diane E. Davis and Anthony W. Pereira. 2000. “New Patterns of Militarized Violence and Coercion in the Americas.” Latin American Perspectives, 27, 2, Pp. 3-17. Publisher's VersionAbstract

 

In the past decade, despite the apparent demise of authoritarian rule and formal military control of the state in Latin America, the power and influence of militaries and police have not diminished. Instead, these institutions have frequently carved out new roles for themselves, in some cases usurping the power of civilian agencies, sometimes in violation of constitutions. The enduring power of the militaries and the police has been reinforced by the dismantling of other parts of the state apparatus by policies of market-oriented reform. Indeed, as economic safety nets for the relatively disadvantaged have all but disappeared, poverty and income inequality have been on the rise, and crime has started to soar in many countries in the region. As disorder in civil society increases, political challengers with control over the means of violence have strengthened their position, with groups as diverse as veterans, guerrillas, paramilitary forces, drug traffickers, and the police acting with increasing impunity.

 

1999
El Leviatán Urbano: La Ciudad de México en el Siglo XX
Diane E. Davis. 1999. El Leviatán Urbano: La Ciudad de México en el Siglo XX. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Alguna vez considerada como la Ciudad de los Palacios, la ciudad de México ha experimentado un crecimiento y un desarrollo acelerados en los últimos ochenta años. La explosión demográfica, la escasez de servicios públicos, los peligrosos niveles de contaminación, el incansable tráfico y la crisis económica actual son muestra de que la capacidad espacial y productiva de la ciudad está por agotarse.
Descent into Chaos: Liberalization, Public Insecurity, and Deteriorating Rule of Law in Mexico City
Diane E. Davis and Arturo Alvarado. 1999. “Descent into Chaos: Liberalization, Public Insecurity, and Deteriorating Rule of Law in Mexico City.” Working Papers in Local Governance and Democracy, 99, 1, Pp. 95-107. Publisher's Version
The Power of Distance: Re-Theorizing Social Movements in Latin America
Diane E. Davis. 1999. “The Power of Distance: Re-Theorizing Social Movements in Latin America.” Theory and Society, 28, 4, Pp. 585-638. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Most scholars who work on Latin American social movements borrow frameworks developed by those who study Europe and North America. Little effort has been made to formulate alternative models deliberately sensitive to the unique political, social, cultural, and economic developments in Latin America.
Review of Informal Politics: Street Vendors and the State in Mexico City by John C. Cross
Diane E. Davis. 1999. “Review of Informal Politics: Street Vendors and the State in Mexico City by John C. Cross.” Contemporary Sociology.
1998
La Fuerza de la Distancia: Hacia una Nueva Teoría de los Movimientos Sociales en América Latina
Diane E. Davis. 1998. “La Fuerza de la Distancia: Hacia una Nueva Teoría de los Movimientos Sociales en América Latina.” Anuario de Espacios Urbanos, Historia, Culture y Diseño, 5, 1, Pp. 103-148. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Los modelos teóricos de mayor aplicación en el estudio de los movimientos sociales latinoamericanos son generalmente de origen extranjero, principalmente de Europa. aunque también de Norteamérlca. Los esfuerzos desplegados para teomar estos movimientos mediante un paradigma especiflca mente latinoamericano, esto es, con una sensibilidad d irig ida a captar la singularidad de los fenómenos políticos, sociales y culturales de la región, han Sido hasta ahora escasos. A contmuaclón me propongo explicar por qué ha sido así, y luego intentaré remediar la situación presentando una nueva estructura analitiea cuyo punto de partida es la noción de espacialidad entendida como un construdo matenal y social. Para conseguir mi objetivo me apoyaré en los avances de dos de los paradigmas más conocidos, el de los Nuevos movimientos sociales (NMS) y el de la estructura de la oportunidad Política (EO,), pero Intentaré ir más allá, enfocando los patrones históricamente especificas de la formación del estado, las clases, la ciudadania y los movimientos sociales mismos.

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