Mexico's New Politics

Mexico's New Politics : The PAN and Democratic Change

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Mexico s presidential elections in July 2000 brought victory to National Action Party (PAN) candidate Vicente Fox and also the hope of democratic change after decades of single-party rule. Tracing the key themes and dynamics of a century of political development in Mexico, David Shirk explores the evolution of the party that ultimately became the vehicle for Fox s success. Shirk examines the factors that constrained democracy in postrevolutionary Mexico, as well as the protracted democratic transition that occurred over the last few decades. In the process, he shows that Fox s victory was also the triumph of a new Mexican politics in which voters, candidates, money, and media-driven campaigns not party leaders or machines drive political competition. Indeed, Fox s ability to bring democratic change to Mexico, Shirk demonstrates, has been fundamentally constrained by the very trends that brought him to power with enormous implications for Mexico s political present and future.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 275 pages
  • 154.9 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1588262707
  • 9781588262707

Table of contents

Introduction: Mexico s Political Transformation. The Democratization of Mexican Politics. The Origins and Development of the PAN. The Rise of the PAN. Fox and Friends: The 2000 Presidential Elections. The PAN in Power: The Challenges of Governance. Mexico s New Politics and the Prospects for Democracy.show more

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"A valuable, accessible contribution to our knowledge of Mexican politics.... The analysis of recent political events and forces is superb. Joseph Klesner, Kenyon University"show more