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Welfare and Crime in Mexico

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo ININEE-School of Law and Social Sciences, MEXICO

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (11), Pages 6-10, November,14 (2013)


A substantial factor in explaining the high crime rate currently happening in Mexico can be found through the concrete analysis of social policy in the country. This article shares the observations found that despite the existence of social programs that attempt to solve the problem of poverty, specifically one called “Opportunities,” a high crime rate still exists, especially of severe crimes and organized crime actions. This situation leads us to think that the lack of success of such social programs to fight poverty are not to blame for the increase in violent crimes, but instead other factors such as the profound weakness of the Mexican government, especially local governments, could be a fundamental cause for this high crime rate. The results shared in this article align with the existing literature on other countries, particularly the United States, where other studies have observed and gathered solid evidence of increased social violence even with the implementation of anti poverty social programs.


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