29 Aug '16, 6pm

Business, Crime, or Crazy: Toward Understanding Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations’ Rationality: By: Tim...

Business, Crime, or Crazy: Toward Understanding Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations’ Rationality: By: Tim...

While Widner et al. (2011) and Macussi (2013) focused on rational actions of members of the Mexican populace being involved in drug trafficking, Dell (2011) looked at the DTO itself as an actor and focused on the DTOs’ route selection as an indicator of rationality. Using data from 2007 to 2009, Dell analyzed municipalities where Mexican security forces’ anti-DTO activity was more severe. She assumed municipalities where mayors are more closely associated with the ruling National Action Party’s (PAN) forceful security agenda would be more costly for DTOs to operate within. Using this variation in hostility toward DTOs, Dell modelled the changes in trafficking routes that DTOs adopted in response to this variable hostility. Dell (2011) used two network models of drug trafficking in her analysis. The first model specifies “the trafficker’s objective is to minimize the costs ...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/business-crime-or-cr...

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