The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for governments to generate the necessary capacity to address important security and institutional challenges; this volume deepens our understanding of the nature and extent of state governance in Latin America.

State capacity is multidimensional, with all elements interacting to produce stable governance and security. As such, a collection of scholars and practitioners use an explicit interdisciplinary approach, drawing on the contributions of history, political science, economics, public policy, military studies, and other fields to gain a rounded understanding of the link between security and democracy.

Democracy and Security in Latin America is divided in two sections:

  • Part 1 focuses on the challenges to governance and key institutions such as police, courts, armed forces. and the prison system.
  • Part 2 features country case studies that illustrate particularly important security challenges and various means by which the state has confronted them.

Democracy and Security in Latin America should appeal not only to those seeking to learn more about the capacity of the democratic state in Latin America to effectively provide public security in times of stress, but to all those curious about the reality that a democracy must have security to function.

part I|72 pages


chapter 81|18 pages

The Crisis of Governance

chapter 2|13 pages


chapter 3|14 pages

Judicial System

chapter 4|12 pages


part II|130 pages

Country Studies

chapter 806|15 pages


Security Challenges and State Capacity

chapter 7|14 pages


Dilemma between Democratic Recession and Internal Security

chapter 8|18 pages


The Evolution of Civil-Military Relations and Security

chapter 9|17 pages


Counterinsurgency and the Rule of Law during Re-democratization

chapter 10|12 pages


The Exceptional Case

chapter 11|18 pages


The Erosion of Security Capacity

chapter 12|15 pages


Legality or Disobedience?

chapter 13|19 pages


A Secure Democracy