Polling for Democracy: Public Opinion and Political Liberalization in Mexico

Overview

Polling for Democracy is the first work to explore the importance of survey research in this developing country. Eight essays address not only the broad and specific aspects of the role that public opinion polling plays in Mexican politics but also the methodology of conducting individual surveys. The results of these polls provide compelling insights into the country's changing values and vividly reflect Mexico's political culture.

"Recognizing heightened significance of Mexican public survey ...

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Overview

Polling for Democracy is the first work to explore the importance of survey research in this developing country. Eight essays address not only the broad and specific aspects of the role that public opinion polling plays in Mexican politics but also the methodology of conducting individual surveys. The results of these polls provide compelling insights into the country's changing values and vividly reflect Mexico's political culture.

"Recognizing heightened significance of Mexican public survey research, series of essays illuminates the state of Mexican polling and its impact on political liberalization. Well-integrated volume"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Camp continues to produce informative books on Mexican politics . . . Notable among the contributed essays is one by Juan Carlos Gamboa which analyzes the effect of polls on the 1988, 1991, and 1994 elections.
CHOICE
Camp continues to produce informative books on Mexican politics . . . Notable among the contributed essays is one by Juan Carlos Gamboa which analyzes the effect of polls on the 1988, 1991, and 1994 elections.
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Eight studies represent some of the first literature on political polling in Mexico, which did not appear until 1988 and first played a significant role only in the 1994 presidential campaign. Political scientists and a journalist consider the role of the media, what surveys reveal about changing values in Mexico, and the influence of public opinion polls on policy decisions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842025836
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Roderic Ai Camp directs the Tinker Mexican Policy Studies Program at Tulane University and chairs the Political Science Department.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Polling, Public Opinion, and hte Mexican Polity Part 2 I The Mexican Setting, Media, and Public Opinion Polls Chapter 3 Media, Public Opinion Polls, and the 1994 Mexican Presidential Election Chapter 4 The Worst Opinions: Public Opinion Polls, Elections, and the Media in Mexico, 1994 Part 5 II Sources of Public Opinion: What Survey Research Reveals about Changing Mexican Values Chapter 6 Fading Memories of the Revolution: Is Stability Eroding in Mexico? Chapter 7 The Mexican Electorate in a North American Context: Assessing Patterns of Political Engagement Chapter 8 New Trading Partners: What Survey Research Reveals about Canadians and Mexicans Part 9 III Politics, Policy, and Public Opinion in Mexico Chapter 10 Polling and 1994 Election Results Chapter 11 The Political Use of Public Opinion Polls: Building Popular Support in Mexico under Salinas

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