Mexico's New Politics: The PAN and Democratic Change

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Shirk (Trans-Border Institute and political science, U. of San Diego) traces the rise of the Partido Accion Nacional, which led to the election of Vincente Fox as Mexico's president in 1994 and the end of 60 years of rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). Among his topics are the democratization of Mexican politics, the origins and development of PAN and its rise to prominence, the 2000 presidential election, PAN in power, and Mexico's new politics and prospects for democracy. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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The author of this authoritative history of the National Action Party (PAN) was one of the few Mexicans to forecast the victory of the party's nominee, Vicente Fox, in the 2000 elections. Applying an institutional analysis to party building, Shirk takes us through the PAN's internal struggles as it moved from Progressive Era-style urban reform to Christian Democracy to its contemporary mix of pro-business pragmatism and good governance. In setting the stage for Fox's triumph, the PAN veered from outright opposition to the authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to collaboration in return for democratizing reforms. But the party leadership failed to build on victories in local elections to reach out beyond its middle-class Catholic base, so the more flexible Fox ran as a semi-independent. Shirk begrudgingly admires Fox's media savvy — "contagion from the North" — but cites his neglect of party building — only 19 percent of senior appointments werePANistas — as contributing to PAN losses in the 2003 midterm congressional elections. Looking ahead to the 2006 elections, he places his bets on a PRI comeback or a left-wing Revolutionary Democratic Party breakthrough victory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588262943
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : Mexico's democratization and the rise of the PAN 1
2 The democratization of Mexican politics 15
3 The origins and development of the PAN 49
4 The rise of the PAN 97
5 The 2000 presidential election and a new era of Mexican politics 133
6 The PAN in power and the challenges of democratic governance 175
7 Mexico's new politics and the prospects for democracy 227
App. 1 PAN party presidents, 1939-2004 239
App. 2 PAN governors, 1989-2010 240
App. 3 PAN vote in presidential elections, 1952-2000 240
App. 4 PAN regional performance in presidential elections, by state and percentage of vote, 1952-2000 241
App. 5 PAN membership growth by region 242
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