Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know

Paperback | August 19, 2011

byRoderic Ai Camp

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Today all would agree that Mexico and the United States have never been closer - that the fates of the two republics are inextricably intertwined. It has become an intimate part of life in almost every community in the United States, through immigration, imported produce, business ties, orillegal drugs. It is less a neighbor than a sibling; no matter what our differences, it is intricately a part of our existence. In this outstanding contribution to Oxford's acclaimed series, What Everyone Needs to Know, Roderic Ai Camp gives readers the most essential information about our sister republic to the south. Camp organizes chapters around major themes - security and violence, economic development, foreignrelations, the colonial heritage, and more. He asks questions that take us beyond the headlines: Why does Mexico have so much drug violence? What was the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement? How democratic is Mexico? Who were Benito Juarez and Pancho Villa? What is the PRI (theInstitutional Revolutionary Party)? The answers are sometimes surprising. Despite ratification of NAFTA, for example, Mexico has fallen behind Brazil and Chile in economic growth and rates of poverty. Camp explains that lack of labor flexibility, along with low levels of transparency and high levelsof corruption, make Mexico less competitive than some other Latin American countries. The drug trade, of course, enhances corruption and feeds on poverty; approximately 450,000 Mexicans now work in this sector. But Camp reveals that President Calderon's recent assault on narcotics smugglers - andthe violence resulting from it - may have actually lessened the government's control of parts of the country and national institutions. Brisk, clear, and informed, Mexico: What Everyone Needs To Know offers a valuable primer for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of our neighbor to the South.

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Today all would agree that Mexico and the United States have never been closer - that the fates of the two republics are inextricably intertwined. It has become an intimate part of life in almost every community in the United States, through immigration, imported produce, business ties, orillegal drugs. It is less a neighbor than a sib...

Roderic Ai Camp is Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College and serves on the Advisory Board of the Mexican Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution. His books include Politics in Mexico and The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPolitical Map of MexicoList of TablesIntroductionPart I: Major Issues Facing Mexico Today1. Security and Violence in Mexico2. Mexico's Economic Development3. Mexico's Political Development4. Foreign Relations with the United States5. Mexico's Social DevelopmentPart II: Historical Legacies6. Mexico's Colonial Heritage7. The National Period and the Rise of Liberal/Conservative Conflicts8. The Mexican Revolution and a New Political Model for Mexico9. Mexico's Democratic TransitionPart III: Mexico's Present and Future10. Mexico's Democratic Consolidation11. Cultural, Economic and Social Developments12. What Lies Ahead?Chronology of Mexican Presidents, 1964-2012Selected Suggested Readings in EnglishIndex