Politics in Mexico: The Democratic Transformation / Edition 4

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Thoroughly grounded in Mexican history and based on extensive field research, this introduction examines the roots of Mexico's contemporary political culture. Now in its fourth edition, Politics in Mexico has been completely updated and revised to cover the 2000 election of Vicente Fox to the presidency of Mexico. Featuring data from two recent major research projects, the book discusses the historical background and evolution of voter behavior responsible for sweeping Mr. Fox into office. It analyzes the important role of Congress and the special relationship between presidents Fox and Bush, and it provides previously unpublished survey research on Mexican beliefs about democracy. This edition also features new data and tables based on original research that strengthen existing coverage of women, religion, decision-making, political participation, citizen socialization, and electoral politics. Engagingly written by one of the top scholars in the field, Politics in Mexico is essential reading for students of Mexican or Latin American politics, comparative politics, and Mexican history.
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"...Politics in Mexico will be a classic among students of Mexican and Latin American political science and history."--Este PaĆ­s

"The virtues of this fine, rich book are many....I can think of no better introduction to Mexican politics." --Inter-American Review of Bibliography

"In providing this succinct and well-written overview of the evolving Mexican political system, Camp brings the excitement and interest of Mexican politics to a wide audience."--Journal of Developing Areas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195150308
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Mexico in Comparative Context 1
Why Compare Political Cultures? 2
Some Interpretations of the Mexican System 9
Mexico's Significance in a Comparative Context 15
2 Political-Historical Roots: The Impact of Time and Place 23
The Spanish Heritage 23
Nineteenth-Century Political Heritage 31
The Revolutionary Heritage: Social Violence and Reform 40
The Politics of Place: Interface with the United States 45
3 Contemporary Political Culture: What Mexicans Believe 54
Legitimacy: Support for the Political System and Society 55
Participation: Activating the Electorate 60
Democracy: What Does it Mean? 68
4 Political Attitudes and Their Origins: Partisanship, Alienation, and Tolerance 75
Income and Politics 78
Education and Politics 82
Religion and Politics 84
Gender and Politics 89
Region and Politics 92
Age and Politics 95
5 Rising to the Top: The Recruitment of Political Leadership 102
The Formal Rules 103
The Informal Rules: What Is Necessary to Rise to the Top 106
The Rise of Women 113
The Camarilla: Group Politics in Mexico 117
The Rise and Decline of the Technocrat 122
6 Groups and the State: What Is the Relationship? 130
The Residue of Corporatism 130
Institutional Voices 132
Voices of Dissent 153
7 Who Governs? The Structure of Decision-Making 167
The Executive Branch 168
The Legislative Branch 174
The Judicial Branch 179
Federalism 180
8 Expanding Participation: The Electoral Process 186
Electoral Reforms 187
The 1988 and 1994 Presidential Elections 191
The 2000 Presidential Election, a Political Landmark 197
Parties: Their Origins and Future 205
9 External Politics: Relations with the United States 217
National Security Issues 219
Cultural Interface 225
Economic Linkages 230
10 Political and Economic Modernization: A Revolution? 242
Bases for Economic Modernization 242
Economic Liberalization 245
Democratization 253
Mexico's Future 258
Bibliographic Essay 267
Index 281
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