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From the Publisher"Using an unrivaled data set of 4,500 officeholders over 75 years of Mexico's history, which he has refined over decades, Camp reaches some remarkable but well-founded conclusions. Indeed, The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico may be the best contemporary study of the sociological, demographic, and political characteristics of a nation's ruling elites anywhere." —Perspectives on Politics
"Who leads Mexico? What difference has democratization made in determining who Mexican leaders are, and how have institutional changes affected the rise of new leaders? In this book, Roderic Camp addresses these fundamental questions. He is the premier scholar of Mexican leaders in many professions, sectors, and institutions. This work builds on, and crowns, a remarkable scholarly achievement carried out over four decades."
—Jorge I. Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics, Harvard University
"Roderic Camp, with the acuity made possible by three decades of investigation of the political system and by hundreds of interviews with politicians and other elites, has written a masterful narrative of recent Mexican events. He asks the right, tough questions: which produces change - violence or democracy? Has democracy promoted women politicians? Is one career more democratic than others? Each of his eleven chapters raises provocative, significant questions and then answers them. He places in context the most perplexing problems of the day, immigration to the U.S. and elsewhere, violence on the border, and illegal drug culture. Anyone interested in modern Mexico must read this book."
—William H. Beezley, Professor of History, University of Arizona, and co-editor of The Oxford History of Mexico
"Camp is the leading scholar on Mexican elites. Highly recommended."—CHOICE
"[Camp], the dean of studies of Mexican political leadership, captures the evolution of Mexico's political system from the 1930s to 2010. Many of his results are either counterintuitive - party militancy generally greater among Panistas than Priistas - or unexpected. A must-read for anyone who hopes to know Mexico"—Library of Congress Handbook of Latin American Studies