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Cities and Public Insecurity
Professor Diane E. Davis

This is a long term research project that examines the rise of public insecurity in cities in developing countries, and links this problem to the politics and economics of transition. The project has developed around two separate studies. One is a detailed examinationg of the evolution of policing in Mexico City from 1910 to the present. The second is a study of the the co-existence of public vs. private security forces and their impact on quality of urban life and the rule of law. In the latter project, the countries of interest are Mexico, South Africa and Russia. In the near future the project will be expanding to include several U.S. cities. Sponsors of the research include the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.