Violent Democracies in Latin America is an edited book that contains several articles based on different national case studies. In the introduction, the editors Enrique Desmond Arias and Daniel M. Goldstein offer a dense and complicated but nonetheless important contribution to our understanding of violence in Latin American democracies. They argue that the existence of armed actors and the constitution of democracies in Latin America stem from a complex relation of power, clandestine links, illegality, and hidden authoritarian regimes.
Arias, Enrique D., and Daniel Goldstein. 2010. "Violent Pluralism: Understanding the "New Democracies" of Latin America." In Violent Democracies in Latin America, eds. Enrique Arias and Daniel Goldstein. Durham, NC:Duke University Press, 1-34.