The Rise and the Fall of the Economic Technocrats

Roderic Ai Camp

in The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199742851
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866298 | DOI:
The Rise and the Fall of the Economic Technocrats

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The traditional view of Mexican leadership suggests that only one significant shift in the professional training and education credentials defining technocratic politicians has occurred in the second half of the 20th century. An examination of prominent politicians since the mid-1930s suggests three distinct waves of leadership based on these credentials. These three distinct waves are important because they help explain transformations in the political system itself and because in part they are products of those very transformations. The second, well-known wave of change in educational and professional credentials is symbolized by president Carlos Salinas, and is equally dramatic in its consequences, but boasts different characteristics and produces different results. A third wave in politicians' educational and professional credentials can be discerned. As is the case of the two preceding waves, it builds on qualities which characterize each preceding wave. Again, however, there are important distinctions, the foremost being that opposition parties, but especially the PAN, contributed significantly to its overriding qualities.

Keywords: waves of leadership; technocratic politicians; opposition parties; Carlos Salinas; educational credentials; professional credentials

Chapter.  13082 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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