Savage Democracy: Institutional Change And Party Development In Mexico

Paperback | April 13, 2011

bySteven T. Wuhs

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Mexico finally shed its authoritarian past with the victory of the PAN candidate Vicente Fox in the 2000 election. But the consolidation and growth of democracy in Mexico have been complicated by the institutional residues of the past. Steven Wuhs’s investigation of the PAN and PRD begins by depicting how the PRI functioned and then, in successive chapters, compares how PAN and PRD leaders reacted to the PRI’s institutions in choosing rules for selecting candidates to run for office, organizing their party’s bureaucracy, and linking to groups in civil society. What he shows is that “savage democracy has undermined the nomination of electable candidates, fostered intense intraparty factions and fights, and interfered with the development of party organizations capable of mounting effective campaigns.”

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Mexico finally shed its authoritarian past with the victory of the PAN candidate Vicente Fox in the 2000 election. But the consolidation and growth of democracy in Mexico have been complicated by the institutional residues of the past. Steven Wuhs’s investigation of the PAN and PRD begins by depicting how the PRI functioned and then, i...

Steven T. Wuhs is Director of the Salzburg Program at the University of Redlands.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.45 inPublished:April 13, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:027103422X

ISBN - 13:9780271034225

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Preface and Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

1 . What Is Savage Democracy?

2. Before Savage Democracy: Authoritarianism in Mexico

3. Origins of the Democratic Imperative

4. Selecting Loyalists Versus Picking Winners

5. Partisan Mystics Versus Political Professionals

6. Affiliation Versus Alliance Versus Absorption

7. The End of Savage Democracy?

Epilogue: The Legacy of the Democratic Imperative

Appendixes

References

Index

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“The tale is well told from an institutional standpoint, with careful research and cogent presentation.”

—E. A. Duff, Choice