The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics
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Since achieving independence from Spain and establishing its first constitution in 1824, Mexico has experienced numerous political upheavals. The country's long and turbulent journey toward democratic, representative government has been marked by a tension between centralized, autocratic governments (historically depicted as a legacy of colonial institutions) and federalist structures. The years since Mexico's independence have seen a major violent social revolution, years of authoritarian rule, and, finally, in the past two decades, the introduction of a fair and democratic electoral process. Over the course of the thirty-one essays in The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics some of the world's leading scholars of Mexico will provide a comprehensive view of the remarkable transformation of the nation's political system to a democratic model. In turn they will assess the most influential institutions, actors, policies and issues in its current evolution toward democratic consolidation. Following an introduction by Roderic Ai Camp, sections will explore the current state of Mexico's political development; transformative political institutions; the changing roles of the military, big business, organized labor, and the national political elite; new political actors including the news media, indigenous movements, women, and drug traffickers; electoral politics; demographics and political attitudes; and policy issues.show more

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  • Hardback | 840 pages
  • 185.42 x 248.92 x 63.5mm | 1,496.85g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195377389
  • 9780195377385
  • 1,660,093

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Mexican politics are complicated, but they are not inexplicable. In this timely contribution, Roderic Camp has overseen a large-scale effort to decipher the rules and traditions of political activity in Mexico. To understand how Mexico came to this moment, this book of essays is indispensable. Policymakers on both sides of the border, students and professors, as well as the educated public with an interest in the region, would do well to take on this volume, to read and digest the deep learning of the contributors, and, by doing so, form a more coherent and intellectually honest vision of the future of Mexican politics. * Mexican Studies *show more

About Roderic A. Camp

Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim, Claremont McKenna Collegeshow more

Table of contents

About the Contributors ; Part I: Introduction ; 1. The Democratic Transformation of Mexican Politics- Roderic Ai Camp ; Part II: Political Development ; 2. Democracy from Independence to Revolution - Jaime E. Rodriguez O. ; 3. Mexican Elections, 1910 to 1994: Voters, Violence and Veto Power - Paul Gillingham ; 4. Mexican Democracy in Comparative Perspective - Peter H. Smith ; Part III: Institutions as Transformational Actors ; 5. Municipalities and Policy Making - Andrew Selee ; 6. Invigorating Federalism: the Emergence of Governors and State Legislatures as Powerbrokers and Policy Innovators - Caroline C. Beer ; 7. The Dinosaur that Evolved: Changes to the PRI's Gubernatorial Candidate Selection, 1980 to 2009 - Joy Langston ; 8. Holding Power: The PAN as Mexico's Incumbent Party - Steven T. Wuhs ; 9. PRD and the Left - Kathleen Bruhn ; 10. Ulysses, the Sirens, and Mexico's Judiciary: Increasing Pre-Commitments to Strengthen the Rule of Law - Todd A. Eisenstadt and Jennifer Yelle ; 11. The Fall of the Dominant Presidency: Lawmaking under Divided Government in Mexico - Benito Nacif ; Part IV: Changing Roles ; 12. Civil-Military Relations in Mexico: The Unfinished Transition - Jordi Diez ; 13. Mexican Political Elites in a Democratic Setting - Roderic Ai Camp ; 14. Big Business, Democracy, and the Politics of Competition - Strom Thacker ; 15. Organized Labor and Politics in Mexico - Graciela Bensusan and Kevin J. Middlebrook ; Part V: New Actors ; 16. Democracy in the Newsroom: The Evolution of Journalism and the News Media - Sallie Hughes ; 17. Social and Indigenous Movements in Mexico's Transition to Democracy ; - Shannan Mattiace ; 18. Human Rights and NGO's - Mariclaire Acosta ; 19. Women and Grassroots Politics - Victoria E. Rodriguez ; 20. Drug-Traffickers as Political Actors in Mexico's Nascent Democracy - John Bailey ; Part VI: Electoral Politics and the Changing Political Landscape ; 21. Changing Dimensions of National Political Elections - James A. McCann ; 22. Mexico's Campaigns and the Benchmark Elections of 2000 and 2006 - Jorge I. Dominguez ; 23. The Return ofshow more