Is One Career More Democratic Than Another?

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:
Is One Career More Democratic Than Another?

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The democratic era unleashed changes in leadership composition which led to leading Mexican politicians being less representative of the general population than at any time during the semi-authoritarian period prior to 2000. This finding, which applies to the geographic origins of top politicians, dispels the notion that democratic models, in all respects, are more representative than centralized, authoritarian models. Democracy and the opening of the political system to other parties actually increased the presence of birthplaces from the capital in the backgrounds of the legislative elite and among cabinet secretaries, which seems counter intuitive. It may well be that when a significant change in a political model occurs, the narrowing quality characterizing the familial pool from which leading politicians emerge in a long standing political system, again will reproduce itself over time in a newly minted political model, but drawn from a different set of families. The democratic era has influenced significantly the educational credentials of Mexico's politicians, reversing provincial public institutions' lower visibility by dramatically increasing the presence of state colleges and universities among leaders in both the executive and legislative branches.

Keywords: democratic era; geographic origins; political model; familial pool; educational credentials

Chapter.  15609 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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