Politics in Mexico: Democratic Consolidation or Decline?

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byRoderic Ai Camp

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Politics in Mexico is a broad introduction to all aspects of Mexican politics with a focus on the country's recent democratic transition in the 1990s and its attempt a democratic consolidation since 2000. The central unifying theme thought the work is democratic consolidation, achievements andfailures. The analysis provided in place in a larger comparative political setting. An introduction to the major historical political, social and economic themes which explain Mexico's development through the 20th century, is followed by the remaining chapters focusing on all aspects of Mexican politics,including cultural values which form Mexican attitudes toward each other and politics; those values which determine political behavior, receptivity to democracy, and partisan political preferences; the fascinating intricacies of how Mexican leadership is recruited and the important changes inpolitical careers which have characterized that leadership from the pre-democratic to the post democratic eras; the changing roles of the branches of government since democratization and the growing influence of federalism and state governors; the impact of old and new formal and informal actorsranging from social movements, to women, to the armed forces; the importance of the political participation and the evolution of a democratic electoral process; the complex relationship between the United States and Mexico; and the central issues facing Mexico's political and economic development,including drug-related violence.

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Politics in Mexico is a broad introduction to all aspects of Mexican politics with a focus on the country's recent democratic transition in the 1990s and its attempt a democratic consolidation since 2000. The central unifying theme thought the work is democratic consolidation, achievements andfailures. The analysis provided in place in...

Roderic Ai Camp is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of thirty books on Mexico, including The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics (OUP, 2012), Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009 (2011), Mexico, What Everyone Needs to Know (OUP, 2011), Mexico's Military on the Democratic...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Chapters 1-9 end with a Conclusion.PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Mexico in Comparative ContextWhy Compare Political Systems?Some Interpretations of the Mexican SystemMexico's Significance in a Comparative Context2. Political-Historical Roots: The Impact of Time and PlaceThe Spanish HeritageNineteenth-Century Political HeritageThe Revolutionary Heritage: Social Violence and ReformThe Politics of Place: Interface with the United States3. Contemporary Political Culture: What Mexicans Believe and Their Consequences for DemocracyLegitimacy: Support for the Political SystemParticipation: Activating the ElectorateDemocracy: What Does It Mean for Mexicans?4. Political Attitudes and Their Origins: Interest, Knowledge, and PartisanshipIncome and PoliticsEducation and PoliticsReligion and PoliticsGender and PoliticsRegion and PoliticsAge and Politics5. Rising to the Top: The Recruitment of Political Leadership in a Democratic MexicoThe Formal RulesInformal Credentials: What Is Necessary to Rise to the Top in Mexican PoliticsThe Rise of WomenThe Camarilla: Political Networking in MexicoThe Rise and Decline of the Technocrat6. Groups and the State: An Altered Relationship in a Democratic Polity?The Residue of CorporatismInstitutional Voices- The Military- The Church- Business- Organized Labor- Intellectuals and the MediaVoices of Dissent- Nongovernmental Organizations- Social Movements- Drug Trafficking Organizations7. Mexico's Political Institutions, The Structure of Decision-MakingThe Executive BranchThe Legislative BranchThe Judicial BranchFederalism8. Expanding Participation: The Electoral ProcessElectoral ReformsThe Democratic Transition and the 1988 and 1994 Presidential ElectionsThe Establishment of Electoral Democracy, A Stepping Stone to Democratic ConsolidationDemocratic Consolidation and the Role of ElectionsParties: Their Origins and Their Future in a Democratic Context- National Action Party- Democratic Revolutionary Party- Institutional Revolutionary Party9. External Politics: Relations with the United StatesNational Security IssuesCultural InterfaceEconomic Linkages10. Political and Economic Modernization: A Revolution?Bases for Economic ModernizationThe Rise of Economic LiberalizationDemocratizationMexico's Democratic Consolidation and the FutureBibliographic EssayIndex