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Political Institutionalization and Public Policy

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742851.003.0007
Political Institutionalization and Public Policy

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The Alemán generation significantly altered the composition of Mexico's political leadership and therefore the importance of institutions which determined that leadership. If the impact of the Alemán administration on various characteristics of Mexican leadership is compared with that of the Fox administration, which represents the first-post democratic regime, it becomes apparent the extent to which the presidency of Miguel Alemán introduced significant alterations, even though they occurred within the non-democratic PRI-controlled era. What is most significant about the Alemán administration is the dramatic increase in the number of college graduates specifically from the National University and the fact that two fifths of his colleagues taught at the National University, a dramatic increase of 60% over prior governments. Finally, the numver of college graduates with law degrees increased significantly (by a fifth) under Alemán. With the arrival of an opposition government in 2000, Fox brought a change to the distribution of lawyers versus other professions, notably economists. However, this reversal in favor of lawyers is far less significant under Fox than under Alemán.

Keywords: Alemán administration; Alemán generation; institutions; college graduates; lawyers; National university; Fox

Chapter.  13374 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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