Mexico Since 1980 by Stephen HaberMexico Since 1980 by Stephen Haber

Mexico Since 1980

byStephen Haber, Herbert S. Klein, Noel Maurer

Paperback | July 21, 2008

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This book addresses two questions that are crucial to understanding Mexico's current economic and political challenges. Why did the opening up of the economy to foreign trade and investment not result in sustained economic growth? Why has electoral democracy not produced rule of law? The answer to those questions lies in the ways in which Mexico's long history with authoritarian government shaped its judicial, taxation, and property rights institutions. These institutions, the authors argue, cannot be reformed with the stroke of a pen. Moreover, they represent powerful constraints on the ability of the Mexican government to fund welfare-enhancing reforms, on the ability of firms and households to write contracts, and on the ability of citizens to enforce their basic rights.
Title:Mexico Since 1980Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:July 21, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521608872

ISBN - 13:9780521608879


Table of Contents

1. The second Mexican revolution: economic, political, and social change since 1980; 2. Mexico before 1982: the political economy of authoritarian rule; 3. The causes and consequences of free trade; 4. The Mexican banking system: the politics and economics of financial underdevelopment; 5. The transformation of Mexican politics; 6. Health, education, and welfare in Mexico since 1980; 7. Democracy and development in Mexico: future challenges and the legacy of authoritarian rule.

Editorial Reviews

"Scholars from diverse backgrounds will find Mexico since 1980 useful for its conceptual insights into how authoritarian regimes work; as an accessible account of a major economic, social, and political reform process; and as an outstanding synthesis of a puzzling period of Mexican history."
Hispanic American Historical Review, Graciela Marquez, El Colegio de Mexico