Theorising state-narco relations in Bolivia's nascent democracy (1982-1993): governance order and political transition

Gillies, A. (2018) Theorising state-narco relations in Bolivia's nascent democracy (1982-1993): governance order and political transition. Third World Quarterly, 39(4), pp. 727-746. (doi: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1374839)

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Conventional policy and academic discourses have generally held illicit drug economies in Latin America to be synergistic with violence and instability. The case of post-transition Bolivia (1982–1993) confounds such assumptions. Applying a political economy approach, this article moves beyond mainstream analyses to examine how the Bolivian drug trade became interwoven with informal forms of governance, order and political transition. I argue that state–narco networks – a hangover from Bolivia’s authoritarian era – played an important role in these complex processes. In tracing the evolution of these interactions, the article advances a more nuanced theorisation of the relationship between the state and the drug trade in an understudied case.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gillies, Dr Allan
Authors: Gillies, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Third World Quarterly
ISSN (Online):1360-2241
Published Online:25 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in Third World Quarterly 39(4): 727-746
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
750671Illicit Drug Economies, Governance and the Development-Security Nexus in the Global South: a Case Study of State-Narco Networks in Post-Transition BoliviaP HumeEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P009875/1SPS - POLITICS