This paper analyses public insecurity in Jalisco since 1992. It chronicles the social demonstrations brought on by the public insecurity experienced during the Priísta administrations, and also the way in which electoral alternance was achieved in Jalisco. Finally it points out that public insecurityis no longer a factor of social protest and, during the final stages of the second Panista administration, it has become the object of public policies, or in the worst case scenario, of governmental programs. It
concludes that only two types of participants are involved in the elaboration of Jalisco’s security policies: the state’s government and local businessmen, which is why such policies are limited in scope and tend to respond to the particular interests and ideological stances of the latter.