Synopses & Reviews
Thoroughly grounded in Mexican history, based on extensive field research and unpublished survey data from Mexican public opinion polls, this introduction to the politics of Mexico examines not only the roots of its contemporary political culture, but the structure of government, electoral process, issues of corruption and foreign policy, and possible future directions. Covering citizen values as well as institutions, it examines socialization, citizen participation and voting, and leadership recruitment. Comparing Mexico's political processes to those of the U.S. and other nations, this pathbreaking work also offers a comprehensive examination of American influence on domestic Mexican politics. It is essential reading for anyone fascinated by Mexico, or the broader realm of comparative politics.
Table of Contents
1. Mexico in Comparative Context
Why Compare Political Cultures?
Some Interpretations of the Mexican System
Mexico's Significance in a Comparative Context
2. Political-Histoical Roots: The Impact of Time and Place
The Spanish Heritage
Nineteenth-Century Political Heritage
The Revolutionary Heritage: Social Violence and Reform
The Politics of Place: Interface with the United States
3. Contemporary Political Culture: What Mexicans Value
Legitimacy: Support for the Political System and Society
Participation: Activating the Electorate
Political Modernization: Authoritarianism or Democracy?
4. Political Values and Their Origins: Partisanship, Alienation, and Tolerance
Income and Politics
Education and Politics
Religion and Politics
Gender and Politics
Region and Politics
Age and Politics
5. Rising to the Top: The Recruitment of Political Leadership
The Formal Rules
The Informal Rules: What Is Necessary to Rise to the Top
The Camarilla: Group Politics in Mexico
The Rise of the Technocrat
6. Groups and the State: What Is the Relationship?
The Corporatist Structure
Voices of Dissent
7. Who Governs? The Structure of Decision Making
The Executive Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Judicial Branch
8. Expanding Participation: The Electoral Process
The 1988 Presidential Election
Trends in Mexican Elections: Opposition Fortunes
Opposition Parties, Their Origins and Future
9. Political Modernization: A Revolution?