U.S.-Mexico Relations and Mexican Domestic Politics

Pamela K. Starr

in The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 U.S.-Mexico Relations and Mexican Domestic Politics

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This article tries to explain how six variables—power, geography, Mexican nationalism, shared ideas, interdependence, and the policy impact of the U.S. Congress—have helped define the nature and impact of a bilateral relationship on Mexican domestic politics and policy. It shows how these variables explain Mexico's notable degree of political autonomy during most of the twentieth century. It also tries to determine why Mexico almost always agrees to the demands of the U.S. with regard to national security and follows the U.S. lead on economic policy. The article ends by analyzing these six variables and how they may help shape the future of a bilateral relationship and its possible impact on Mexican domestic affairs.

Keywords: bilateral relationship; domestic politics; political autonomy; national security; economic policy; Mexican domestic affairs; variables

Article.  10726 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Regional Political Studies

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