Mexico's Democratic Challenges: Politics, Government, and Society

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Only a decade ago, Mexico saw the end of seventy years of single-party hegemonic rule and the first free and fair election in its history. How has the country evolved since then, and what is the status of its democracy today? In this comprehensive new collection intended for use in undergraduate courses a group of distinguished scholars examines recent political developments in Mexico—including its 2006 election and the breakdown in consensus that nearly resulted—in order to assess the progress of its democratization. Focusing on transformations in Mexico's evolving political party system, institutions in transition, and the changing nature of state-society relations, contributors to this book discuss the challenges that Mexican democracy faces today as well as the potential it has for further change in the near future.
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"Selee and Peschard's interesting and thoughtful Mexico's Democratic Challenges contains several chapters about 'institutions in transition'. The overall picture that emerges is that of a multiplocation of political and institutional actors, an 'autonomization' of their role and influence, and hence of increasing political and administrative complexity, sometimes bordering on new forms of fragmentation, instability and insecurity, not particularly conducive to improving the quality of democracy."—Wil Pansters, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

"This is a very important book that fills a gap in our knowledge regarding recent political change in Mexico, particularly with regard to the 2006 presidential elections and their aftermath. It broadens our understanding of democracy in Mexico beyond the electoral arena and identifies some of the main challenges for defending and expanding democratic rights."—Neil Harvey, New Mexico State University

"The value of this edited collection is that it brings the reader up to date on the numerous political and institutional reforms that have occurred since Mexico's formal transition to democracy in 2000. As such, it offers the longest view yet on the underpinnings of this country's democratization process."—Carol Wise, University of Southern California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804771610
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Selee is Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and an adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. Jacqueline Peschard is a Citizen Counselor of Mexico's Federal Institute for Access to Information.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Foreword Jose Woldenberg Woldenberg, Jose

1 Mexico's Democratic Challenges Jacqueline Peschard Peschard, Jacqueline 1

Part I The Evolving Political System

2 Citizens' Values and Beliefs toward Politics: Is Democracy Growing Attitudinal Roots? Alejandro Moreno Moreno, Alejandro 29

3 The Restructuring of the Party System in the Wake of the 2006 Elections Jean-Francois Prudhomme Prudhomme, Jean-Francois 50

4 Federal and Local Electoral Institutions: From a National to a Fragmented System Jacqueline Peschard Peschard, Jacqueline 68

5 The 2006 Elections: Democratization and Social Protest John M. Ackerman Ackerman, John M. 92

Part II Institutions in Transition?

6 Executive-Legislative Relations: Continuity or Change? Maria Amparo Casar Casar, Maria Amparo 117

7 Transparency Reforms: Theory and Practice Libby Haight Haight, Libby 135

8 Reforming Civil-Military Relations during Democratization Raul Benitez Manaut Manaut, Raul Benitez 162

9 Federalism and the Reform of Political Power Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez Lopez, Tonatiuh Guillen 187

10 The Justice System, 2000-2007 Jose Ramon Cossio Diaz Diaz, Jose Ramon Cossio 203

Part III The Changing Nature of State-Society Relations

11 Taming the Diaspora: Migrants and the State, 1986-2006 David R. Ayon Ayon, David R. 231

12 Struggle and Resistance: The Nation's Indians in Transition Rodolfo Stavenhagen Stavenhagen, Rodolfo 251

13 The Role of Civil Society Mariclaire Acosta Acosta, Mariclaire 268

14 Churches, Believers, and Democracy Roberto Blancarte Blancarte, Roberto 281

15 Democratic Antipoetry Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez Marquez, Jesus Silva-Herzog 296

Contributors 307

Index 313

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