The Factor of Trust and the Importance of Inter-Agency Cooperation in the Fight Against Transnational Organised Crime: The US-Mexican Example

The Management of Border Security in NAFTA: Imagery, Nationalism, and the War on Drugs, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 5-37, 2005

Posted: 1 Apr 2007

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Edgardo Buscaglia

International Law and Economic Development Center

Samuel Gonzalez Ruiz

University of Seville

Abstract

This article examines the factor of trust and the importance of inter-agency cooperation as determinant elements for an effective fight against transnational organised crime. First, the links between organised crime and corruption will be explored to establish the necessity of confronting these two phenomena simultaneously if any success in the matter is to be achieved in the future. Second, the importance of collaboration at national, regional and international levels in the fight against organised crime will be explained. Finally, we will address the struggle by Mexico and the United States against organised crime at the border, as an excellent example of the multiple difficulties encountered in a relationship of co-operation between law enforcement officials of two countries.

Keywords: organised crime, organized crime, corruption, economic analysis, terrorism, economic development

JEL Classification: F02, F22, F43, H41, I28, K00, K14, O00

Suggested Citation

Buscaglia, Edgardo and Gonzalez Ruiz, Samuel, The Factor of Trust and the Importance of Inter-Agency Cooperation in the Fight Against Transnational Organised Crime: The US-Mexican Example. The Management of Border Security in NAFTA: Imagery, Nationalism, and the War on Drugs, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 5-37, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=976454

Edgardo Buscaglia (Contact Author)

International Law and Economic Development Center ( email )

CA 01080
Mexico

Samuel Gonzalez Ruiz

University of Seville ( email )

Avda. del Cid s/n
Sevilla, Sevilla 41004
Spain

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