The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byRoderic Ai Camp

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Since achieving independence from Spain and establishing its first constitution in 1824, Mexico has experienced numerous political upheavals. The country's long and turbulent journey toward democratic, representative government has been marked by a tension between centralized, autocraticgovernments (historically depicted as a legacy of colonial institutions) and federalist structures. The years since Mexico's independence have seen a major violent social revolution, years of authoritarian rule, and, finally, in the past two decades, the introduction of a fair and democraticelectoral process. Over the course of the thirty-one essays in The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics some of the world's leading scholars of Mexico will provide a comprehensive view of the remarkable transformation of the nation's political system to a democratic model. In turn they will assess the most influentialinstitutions, actors, policies and issues in its current evolution toward democratic consolidation. Following an introduction by Roderic Ai Camp, sections will explore the current state of Mexico's political development; transformative political institutions; the changing roles of the military, bigbusiness, organized labor, and the national political elite; new political actors including the news media, indigenous movements, women, and drug traffickers; electoral politics; demographics and political attitudes; and policy issues.

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Since achieving independence from Spain and establishing its first constitution in 1824, Mexico has experienced numerous political upheavals. The country's long and turbulent journey toward democratic, representative government has been marked by a tension between centralized, autocraticgovernments (historically depicted as a legacy of...

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 (OUP 2006) and The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democr...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:840 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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About the ContributorsPart I: Introduction1. The Democratic Transformation of Mexican PoliticsPart II: Political Development2. Jaime E. Rodriguez O.: Democracy from Independence to Revolution3. Paul Gillingham: Mexican Elections, 1910 to 1994: Voters, Violence and Veto Power4. Peter H. Smith: Mexican Democracy in Comparative PerspectivePart III: Institutions as Transformational Actors5. Andrew Selee: Municipalities and Policy Making6. Caroline C. Beer: Invigorating Federalism: the Emergence of Governors and State Legislatures as Powerbrokers and Policy Innovators7. Joy Langston: The Dinosaur that Evolved: Changes to the PRI's Gubernatorial Candidate Selection, 1980 to 20098. Steven T. Wuhs: Holding Power: The PAN as Mexico's Incumbent Party9. Kathleen Bruhn: PRD and the Left10. Todd A. Eisenstadt and Jennifer Yelle: Ulysses, the Sirens, and Mexico's Judiciary: Increasing Pre-Commitments to Strengthen the Rule of Law11. Benito Nacif: The Fall of the Dominant Presidency: Lawmaking under Divided Government in MexicoPart IV: Changing Roles12. Jordi Diez: Civil-Military Relations in Mexico: The Unfinished Transition13. Roderic Ai Camp: Mexican Political Elites in a Democratic Setting14. Strom Thacker: Big Business, Democracy, and the Politics of Competition15. Graciela Bensusan and Kevin J. Middlebrook: Organized Labor and Politics in MexicoPart V: New Actors16. Sallie Hughes: Democracy in the Newsroom: The Evolution of Journalism and the News Media17. Shannan Mattiace: Social and Indigenous Movements in Mexico's Transition to Democracy18. Mariclaire Acosta: Human Rights and NGO's19. Victoria E. Rodriguez: Women and Grassroots Politics20. John Bailey: Drug-Traffickers as Political Actors in Mexico's Nascent DemocracyPart VI: Electoral Politics and the Changing Political Landscape21. James A. McCann: Changing Dimensions of National Political Elections22. Jorge I. Dominguez: Mexico's Campaigns and the Benchmark Elections of 2000 and 200623. Jonathan Hiskey: The Return of "the Local" to Mexican PoliticsPart VII: Demographics and Political Attitudes24. Alejandro Moreno: Who is the Mexican Voter?25. Pablo Paras and Miguel Basanez: Polling and Pollsters as Agents of Change: An Historical Account of Public Opinion Research in Mexico from 1938 to 201026. Joseph L. Klesner: Regionalism in Mexican Electoral PoliticsPart VIII: Politics and Policy Issues27. Pamela K. Starr: United States-Mexican Relations and Mexican Domestic Politics28. David A. Shirk: Domestic and National Security Challenges in Mexico29. Marc R. Rosenblum: Mexico-US Migration Policy: Historical Review and Contemporary Challenges30. William P. Glade: Economy as Grand-Guignol: The Post-reform Era in Mexico31. Mark Eric Williams: The Path of Economic LiberalismIndex