Criminal Governance in Comparative Perspective

Alliance Program
January 14, 2020

On Friday, February 16, 2018, to Saturday, February 17, 2018, the conference on criminal governance in comparative perspective was held at Barnard.

The premise of this conference was that criminal organizations engage in surprisingly diverse forms of institution-building that produce equally different forms of governance. Criminal governance challenges many of our core assumptions about the underpinnings of democracy, the nature of the State, and the conditions that produce order and development. During the conference, a diverse group of scholars presented cutting-edge research on the ways that criminal groups govern territories, economies, communities, and political processes. Panels focused on the origins, dynamics, and consequences of governance by mafias, gangs, drug trafficking organizations and other criminal groups in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Speakers at the conference included: Enrique Desmond Arias (Baruch College), Ana Arjona (Northwestern University), Claudio Beato (Federal University of Minas), Gerais Sarah Daly (University of Notre Dame), Gustavo Flores-Macías (Cornell University), Laurent Fourchard (Sciences Po), Laurent Gayer (Sciences Po), Diana Kim (Georgetown University), Beatriz Magaloni (Stanford University), Eduardo Moncada (Barnard College, Columbia University), Svetlana Stephenson (London Metropolitan University), Yuhki Tajima (Georgetown University), Federico Varese (Oxford University), and Deborah Yashar (Princeton University).

This event was supported by a grant from the Alliance Program and Carnegie Corporation of New York. Other event sponsors included the Office of the Provost, Barnard College, The Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Institute of Latin American Studies, and The Harriman Institute.