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Mexican Power Elites: Do They Exist?

Roderic Ai Camp

in Mexico's Mandarins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233430.003.0001
Mexican Power Elites: Do They Exist?

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This book addresses the existence and importance of power elite in Mexico. It determines the extent of and the means by which power elites are linked to each other within and across their respective groups. Evidence of mentors and their influence on the formation of power elite circles are given. It also explores the sources of socialization in the formation of elite ideas and attitudes. Today, Mexico is deeply engaged in the process of a democratic transformation. The most examined theories interlock empirically, based on highly developed theoretical arguments, involving the exchange between leading capitalists. The existence of a Mexican power elite affects the importance of elite decision making in Mexican society. Elite decisions contribute heavily in determining the success and legitimacy of a political model. Five power elite groups, politicians, intellectuals, clergy, military officers, and capitalists, were the most influential elite actors in Mexico during the last three decades.

Keywords: Mexican power elite; Mexico; socialization; democratic transformation; elite decision making; politicians; intellectuals; clergy; military officers; capitalists

Chapter.  5924 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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