John J Bailey


Emeritus Professor
Department of Government and School of Foreign Service Director, Mexico Project


Department of Government


Professor Bailey co-directed a project comparing public security and police reform in seven countries in the Western Hemisphere. The Spanish edition, co-edited with Lucia Dammert of FLACSO-Chile, was published by Siglo XXI (Mexico City, 2005) and the English version by the University of Pittsburgh Press (2006). He co-authored the introduction and conclusion and contributed a chapter on the shift from "Law and Order" to Homeland Security in the United States. His co-authored paper with Pablo Paras on public opinion and corruption in Mexico was published in the journal Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos in 2006. A paper he presented at Nuffield College, Oxford (June 2004), "Public Security and Democratic Governability in Latin America," serves as the conceptual framework for a book length analysis of the themes and was published in a volume co-edited by Marcelo Bergman and Laurence Whitehead. One of the chapters from his book project, treating problems of corruption, was presented at the 2006 meeting of the Latin American Studies Association and appeared in a volume co-edited by Stephen Morris and Charles Blake. He co-authored (with Matthew Taylor) a paper comparing aspects of organized crime in Mexico and Brazil, which was presented at the 2007 meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, and published in revised form in the Journal of Politics in Latin America. He has published several articles and book chapters on themes of citizen security in Mexico. His book on that subject, The Politics of Crime in Mexico: Democratic Governance in a Security Trap (2014), was published in Spanish as Crimen e impunidad: Las trampas de la seguridad en Mexico.