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Contemporary Mexican Politics / Edition 2

Contemporary Mexican Politics / Edition 2

by Emily Edmonds-Poli, David A. Shirk
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Now in a thoroughly updated edition, this comprehensive and engaging text explores contemporary Mexico’s political development and examines the most important policy issues facing Mexico in the twenty-first century. The first half of the book traces Mexican political development after the 1910 Revolution and the creation of a single-party dominant system headed by the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party). It includes detailed treatment of the “classic” PRI system’s characteristics, as well as a thorough account of the PRI’s demise and an insightful examination of how the country’s institutions evolved under two successive PAN (National Action Party) presidential administrations before returning to PRI rule. The second half of the book analyzes the most pressing policy issues confronting Mexican society today—including macroeconomic growth and stability, poverty and inequality, the development of civil society, combating drug trafficking, strengthening the rule of law, and migration—and weighs their influence on the future of democracy in Mexico.

The text to this revised edition is richly supplemented by new figures and tables that illustrate broad political, social, and economic trends and by boxes that provide in-depth treatment of a variety of subjects and concepts. Readers will find this widely praised book continues to be the most current and accessible work available on Mexico's politics and policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442207578
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Emily Edmonds-Poli is associate professor of political science and international relations at the University of San Diego. David A. Shirk is associate professor of political science and director of the MA in International Relations program at the University of San Diego.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface xi

List of Abbreviations xv

Introduction 1

Part I Mexican Political Development

1 Mexico's Historical Foundations 7

2 The Mexican Revolution and Its Legacy 33

3 Postrevolutionary Mexican Politics, 1940-1968 55

4 Mexican Democratization, 1968 to the Present 79

Part II Political Institutions, Culture, and Society

5 Government Structure and Processes 105

6 Political Parties and Elections in Mexico 127

7 Mexican Political Culture 157

8 Mexican Civil Society 175

Part III Key Domestic Policy Issues

9 Mexico's Political Economy 203

10 Poverty, Inequality, and Social Welfare Policy 227

11 The Rule of Law in Mexico 253

Part IV Mexican Foreign Relations

12 Mexican Foreign Policy 275

13 U.S.-Mexico Relations 293

Conclusion 321

Notes 329

Index 363

About the Authors 379

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