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Revista de Economía Institucional

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GAITAN DAZA, Fernando. MULTICAUSALITY, IMPUNITY AND VIOLENCE: AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH. Rev.econ.inst. [online]. 2001, vol.3, n.5, pp.78-105. ISSN 0124-5996.

This paper criticizes multicausal and penal impunity explanations of violence and crime. It shows the analytical limits of identifying state and social institutional failure with objective causes of violence. But also highlights that impunity indicators cannot be confused with impunity itself. After showing those limits, it proposes an alternative approach based on two central facts that have been ignored: organized crime nature and the breakdown of colombian justice and security systems.

Keywords : violence; impunity; justice system; organized crime.

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