Politics in Mexico Democratic Consolidation or Decline?

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-07-05
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Thoroughly grounded in Mexican history and based on extensive field research, this acclaimed introduction examines the roots of Mexico's contemporary political culture and its democratic transformation. Now in its sixth edition, Politics in Mexico: Democratic Consolidation or Decline? has been revised and updated in order to address three major changes that have occurred since 2006: the broad effort of Mexico to consolidate its democracy, President Calderon's aggressive, proactive strategy against drug cartels, and the effects of the 2008 global recession.

Author Roderic Ai Camp provides an analysis of numerous aspects of Mexican political and economic development, highlighting controversial issues related to electoral democracy, drug-related violence, poverty, human rights, and the country's economic and political relationship with the U.S. Engagingly written by one of the top scholars in the field, Politics in Mexico, Sixth Edition, is essential reading for students of Mexican or Latin American politics, comparative politics, and Mexican history.

Author Biography

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 Stage (2005), Mexico's Mandarins: Crafting a Power Elite for the 21st Century (2003), and Crossing Swords: Politics and Religion in Mexico (OUP, 1997).

Table of Contents

Chapters 1-9 end with a Conclusion.
1. Mexico in Comparative Context
Why Compare Political Systems?
Some Interpretations of the Mexican System
Mexico's Significance in a Comparative Context
2. Political-Historical Roots: The Impact of Time and Place
The Spanish Heritage
Nineteenth-Century Political Heritage
The Revolutionary Heritage: Social Violence and Reform
The Politics of Place: Interface with the United States
3. Contemporary Political Culture: What Mexicans Believe and Their Consequences for Democracy
Legitimacy: Support for the Political System
Participation: Activating the Electorate
Democracy: What Does It Mean for Mexicans?
4. Political Attitudes and Their Origins: Interest, Knowledge, and Partisanship
Income and Politics
Education and Politics
Religion and Politics
Gender and Politics
Region and Politics
Age and Politics
5. Rising to the Top: The Recruitment of Political Leadership in a Democratic Mexico
The Formal Rules
Informal Credentials: What Is Necessary to Rise to the Top in Mexican Politics
The Rise of Women
The Camarilla: Political Networking in Mexico
The Rise and Decline of the Technocrat
6. Groups and the State: An Altered Relationship in a Democratic Polity?
The Residue of Corporatism
Institutional Voices
The Military
The Church
Organized Labor
Intellectuals and the Media
Voices of Dissent
Nongovernmental Organizations
Social Movements
Drug Trafficking Organizations
7. Mexico's Political Institutions, The Structure of Decision-Making
The Executive Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Judicial Branch
8. Expanding Participation: The Electoral Process
Electoral Reforms
The Democratic Transition and the 1988 and 1994 Presidential Elections
The Establishment of Electoral Democracy, A Stepping Stone to Democratic Consolidation
Democratic Consolidation and the Role of Elections
Parties: Their Origins and Their Future in a Democratic Context
National Action Party
Democratic Revolutionary Party
Institutional Revolutionary Party
9. External Politics: Relations with the United States
National Security Issues
Cultural Interface
Economic Linkages
10. Political and Economic Modernization: A Revolution?
Bases for Economic Modernization
The Rise of Economic Liberalization
Mexico's Democratic Consolidation and the Future
Bibliographic Essay

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