Synopses & Reviews
Thoroughly grounded in Mexican history and based on extensive field research, this introduction examines the roots of Mexico's contemporary political culture and its democratic transformation. Now in its fifth edition, Politics in Mexico has been completely updated and revised to cover the 2006 presidential elections. Featuring data from four recent major research projects, the book discusses the historical background and evolution of voter behavior responsible for sweeping Mr. Fox into office in 2000 and electing his successor in 2006. It analyzes the increasingly important role of Congress, and the relationship between Mexico and the United States. This edition features new data and tables based on original survey research that strengthens existing coverage of women, religion and politics, decision-making, political participation, citizen socialization, voter behavior, federalism, and electoral politics. Engagingly written by one of the top scholars in the field, Politics in Mexico is essential reading for students of Mexican or Latin American politics, comparative politics, and Mexican history.
". . . a classic among students of Mexican and Latin American political science and history."--Este País
"The virtues of this fine, rich book are many. . . . I can think of no better introduction to Mexican politics."--Inter-American Review of Bibliography
"In providing this succinct and well-written overview of the evolving Mexican political system, Camp brings the excitement and interest of Mexican politics to a wide audience."--Journal of Developing Areas
About the Author
Roderic Ai Camp
is Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College and serves on the Advisory Board of the Mexican Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution. His books include The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico
(OUP 2010) and Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know
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-Historical 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 Believe.
Legitimacy: Support for the Political System
Participation: Activating the Electorate
Democracy: What Does It Mean?
4 Political Attitudes 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 Rise of Women
The Camarilla: Group Politics in Mexico
The Rise and Decline of the Technocrat
6 Groups and the State: What Is the Relationship?.
The Residue of Corporatism
Intellectuals and the Media
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 and 1994 Presidential Elections
The 2000 Presidential Election, a Political Landmark
The 2003 Election and the Presidential Race of 2006
Parties: Their Origins and Future
National Action Party
Democratic Revolutionary Party
Institutional Revolutionary Party
9 External Politics: Relations with the United States.
National Security Issues
10 Political and Economic Modernization: A Revolution?.
Bases for Economic Modernization