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Monopoly of Force Does Not Always Explain Peace: Illicit Network Evolution Does

Nathan P. Jones

Monopoly of Force Does Not Always Explain Peace: Illicit Network Evolution Does.

Contrary to a common narrative in Mexican drug trafficking studies, postdoctoral researcher Nathan P. Jones argues that there is no empirical evidence showing that violence decreases when a dominant cartel monopolizes an area. Published Aug. 29, 2012, on the Small Wars Journal Blog.