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Violence and Democracy

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/9780199742851.003.0009
Violence and Democracy

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A comparison between two decisive generations in Mexican politics—the historic revolutionary generation and the recent democratic generation—strongly suggests that among the many variables which characterize credentials and career patterns of leading Mexican politicians, those produced by peaceful, democratic change can be as deep and broad or more so than those produced by violent change. The pace of the change, as far as the composition of political leadership, is not necessarily accelerated by violence. In fact, in some cases violence produces no change in some of these patterns, or at best incremental change, just as one might expect of peaceful change. These findings are unique in the literature, and can contribute to the way in which we view the short- and long-term impact of violent change on a political model in contrast to a peaceful alternative. A possible explanation for why violent change may produce patterns which are narrower or not as deep as those generated by peaceful change is the extent to which a population, specifically certain components of that population, have been reduced by the extensive loss of life, by the forced emigration of hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, and by the unborn children from both of these categories.

Keywords: decisive generations; violent change; democratic change; peaceful change; career patterns; incremental change

Chapter.  8594 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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