Illegal Police Protection and the Market for Stolen Vehicles in Buenos Aires

MATIAS DEWEY
JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 44.4 (2012): 679-702

The author of this article has researched the robustness of police structures in so‐called “weak states”. These organizations make a chronic problem of the deficiencies relating to the exercise of monopoly of state violence. The author attempts to demonstrate how that force, through the sale of protection, offers a relatively safe and predictable environment for certain illegal economic exchanges, and thus create the conditions for the emergence of insecurity. This article uses such a theoretical approach to illegal police protection in order to understand the complicity between the police and criminals as fundamental to the market for stolen cars in the province of Buenos Aires.