Mexican Democracy in Comparative Perspective

Peter H. Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195377385
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Mexican Democracy in Comparative Perspective

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This article assesses Mexican democracy in the comparative perspective. It aims to set Mexico's latest democratization process within a wider comparative perspective. It then tries to establish a conceptual context that can help popularize understanding of political change within Mexico. It first creates a conceptual framework based on four analytical dimensions—manner of political transition, economic and social performance, popular opinion, and qualities of democracy—and then examines the transition to electoral democracy. It studies the different institutional dimensions, policy performance, and governance of Mexican democracy. Finally, it discusses popular perceptions and public opinion, with regards to change in Mexico's political system.

Keywords: Mexican democracy; comparative perspective; democratization; political change; political transition; popular opinion; qualities of democracy; economic performance; social performance

Article.  8721 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Regional Political Studies

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