Political Recruitment across Two Centuries: Mexico, 1884-1991

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During more than twenty years of field research, Roderic Ai Camp built a monumental database of biographical information on more than 3,000 leading national figures in Mexico. In this major contribution to Mexican political history, he draws on that database to present a definitive account of the paths to power Mexican political leaders pursued during the period 1884 to 1992.

Camp's research clarifies the patterns of political recruitment in Mexico, showing the consequences of ...

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Overview

During more than twenty years of field research, Roderic Ai Camp built a monumental database of biographical information on more than 3,000 leading national figures in Mexico. In this major contribution to Mexican political history, he draws on that database to present a definitive account of the paths to power Mexican political leaders pursued during the period 1884 to 1992.

Camp's research clarifies the patterns of political recruitment in Mexico, showing the consequences of choosing one group over another. It calls into question numerous traditional assumptions, including that upward political mobility was a cause of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

Comparing Mexican practices with those in several East Asian countries also allows Camp to question many of the tenets of political recruitment theory. His book will be of interest to students not only of Mexican politics but also of history, comparative politics, political leadership, and Third World development.

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
Camp’s new book is yet another in his outstanding series of studies of political leadership in Mexico. . . . He provides the reader with a clear picture of the ways in which the Mexican political elite has been and continues to be created and to recreate itself. . . . It will be required reading for the specialist but also usable in the classroom and of great interest for the general reader.
Booknews
Camp (political science, Tulane) presents an account of the paths to power taken by Mexican political leaders over a period of some 100 years. The author also compares Mexican practices with those in several East Asian countries, questioning widely-held tenets of political recruitment theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292711730
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Roderic Ai Camp is McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
1 Recruitment and Modernization: A Mexican Model 1
2 Age as a Variable in Political Recruitment 37
3 Experience and Leadership: The Role of Combat 58
4 Education and Politics: Formation and Recruitment of National Leaders 81
5 Experience and Leadership: The Influence of Careers 120
6 Gender, Place, and Family in Leadership Credentials 156
7 The Opposition: An Alternative Path to Leadership? 194
8 The Branches of Government: Who Recruits Whom 216
9 Salinas in Power: A Case Study of Recruitment in Practice 237
Bibliographic Essay 269
Index 279
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