Rodrigo Pena Gonzalez
Rodrigo Peña González is a PhD student at the Institute for History.
Order and Crime. Analysis on the Building of Legitimacy in Criminal Contexts
Legitimacy has been generally linked to the state as an exclusive quality of it. This is mainly because only the state is able to govern in a territory under principles -among others- like social contract and Weberian monopoly of violence. However, when 1) the state or the idea that people have of the state simply lose legitimacy, 2) the government, as a formal authority, is unable to recover it, and 3) those mechanisms simply do not work, other actors can also try to look for legitimate themselves (or at least to share the legitimacy). This research focuses on how and why certain criminal groups look for legitimacy, how is their relationship with formal and legal authorities, how with the people with whom they try to become legitimate, and what are the characteristics of those societies
I was born in Mexico City, Mexico. I studied International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where I received a Bachelor degree in 2011. In 2014 I obtained a Master’s degree in Social and Political Studies at the UNAM. Since 2015, I am a member of CASEDE, a Mexican Think Tank of specialists in Security and Violence phenomena.
In 2016 I was awarded a scholarship from the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) to conduct a four-year doctoral research at Leiden University.
- Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
- Institute for History
- Latijns-Amerika studies
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