Dissertation Book Project

Collaborative Governance and (In)Security: Non-State Security Provision in the Latin American Countryside

What explains contemporary variation in rural insecurity in Latin America? Twentieth century Latin American states undertook diverse processes of rural state-building, which included the development of non-state and state-parallel corporatist and non-state institutions designed to control the countryside. These institutions have evolved and persisted over time, leaving organizational and political legacies, and often serving as the basis for contemporary civic action and community organization.

My project asks, how do the civic organizations facilitated by states to control and incorporate rural populations shape contemporary security?

To answer these questions, I employ a multi-method approach, drawing on qualitative and quantitative evidence from Bolivia and Mexico.