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From firm hand to handshake: violence and negotiated governance in El Salvador

García Pinzón, Viviana (2020) From firm hand to handshake: violence and negotiated governance in El Salvador. LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog (14 Jul 2020). Blog Entry.

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The Salvadoran state’s reliance on ‘firm hand’ policies in its adversarial relationship with street gangs is central to understandings of violence and insecurity in the country. But behind the rhetoric there lies a very different reality. Examination of practices at the local level reveals a more nuanced picture in which political authority is achieved through a complex bargaining process involving the state, society, and armed groups, writes Viviana García Pinzón (German Institute of Global and Area Studies & Phillips Universität Marburg)

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2020 08:33
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:40

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