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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.

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Resumen ejecutivo

Garantizar la seguridad básica y el mantenimiento del orden público son responsabilidades fundamentales del estado. Éstas en realidad se refieren a la protección de los derechos de los ciudadanos y a la administración de justicia para las víctimas de delitos o abusos, pero sobre todo, la seguridad, la justicia y la ley son también, en última instancia, bienes públicos cuyos beneficios se comparten de manera general por la sociedad. La seguridad y la justicia son la base de las democracias saludables y un componente esencial de la administración pública. Por lo regular, una alta prevalencia del delito se interpreta como una señal de fracaso por parte de un gobierno, reflejándose también en la apreciación pública de los líderes políticos y en la confianza hacia instituciones clave, como el poder judicial y la policía.

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