Strengthening Evidence-based Policy Making on Security and Justice in Mexico

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Security and justice are core responsibilities of the State, and the foundations of  good governance and healthy democracies. Moreover, they are precursors to economic growth and competitiveness, with potential impacts on businesses' transaction costs and the quality of human capital. Generating and utillising evidence on security and justice therefore is key to strengthening justice sector performance and reducing crime.  This can pose a challenge to governments however as crime is a distrinctly territorial phenomenon, particularly in Mexico.   This study offers a framework to treat security and justice as a central concern of public policy. It examines the availability and quality of sub-national level data in Mexico, and discusses how to transform this data into evidence that can feed into each stage of the policy cycle.  It presents available indicators at sub-national level in Mexico and compares the extent to which crime and justice data follow regional paterns with respect to a sample of other OECD Member Countries.


Executive summary

Ensuring basic security and maintaining public order are core responsibilities of the state. These indeed concern protecting citizens’ rights and administering justice for victims of crime or abuse but, above all, security, justice and the rule of law are also ultimate public goods whose benefits are shared by society as a whole. Security and justice are the foundation of healthy democracies and an essential component of public governance. A high prevalence of crime is often interpreted as a sign of failure on the part of governments, and is also reflected in the public’s appreciation of political leaders and in their trust on key institutions, like the judiciary and the police.


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