Synopses & Reviews
Thoroughly grounded in Mexican history and based on extensive field research, this introduction to the politics of Mexico, now in its third edition, examines the roots of Mexico's contemporary political culture. Politics in Mexico not only explores the structure of government and its electoral process but also looks at the impact of the political and economic modernization since 1988 and the possibilities for Mexico's future. Completely updated throughout, this text includes the 1997 electoral data and polling material as well as expanded sections on women, drug-related corruption, the armed forces in Mexico, and nongovernmental organizations and human rights groups. A new discussion of the influence of recent congressional and judicial reforms on decision making is included as well. Comparing Mexicos political processes to those of the U.S. and other nations, Politics in Mexico also offers a far-reaching examination of American influence on domestic Mexican politics. Engaging and clearly written by one of the top scholars in the field, this text is essential reading for courses in Mexican or Latin American politics, comparative politics, and Mexican history.
"In providing the succinct and well-written overview of the evolving Mexican political system, Camp brings the excitement and interest of Mexican politics to a wide-ranging audience."--Journal of Developing Areas (on the previous edition)
Table of Contents
1. Mexico in Comparative Context
2. Political-Historical Roots: The Impact of Time and Place
3. Contemporary Political Culture: What Mexicans Value
4. Political Values and Their Origins: Partisanship, Alienation, and Tolerance
5. Rising to the Top: The Recruitment of Political Leadership
6. Groups and State: What is the Relationshjip?
7. Who Governs?: The Structure of Decision Making
8. Expanding Particpation: The Electoral Process
9. External Relations: Relations with the United States
10. Politics and Economic Modernization: A Revolution?