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Networking within Power Elite Circles

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/9780520233430.003.0003
Networking within Power Elite Circles

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This chapter addresses the importance of networking within Mexican power elites. Networking through kinship ties occurs more commonly among Mexican capitalists than among any of the four other power elite groups. The two groups among Mexico's power elite who operate within the most institutionalized structured setting are military officers and the clergy. Organizational positions do not account for the majority of identifiable networking sources among elites. Organizational networking theorists imply that formal positions are the only source of personal networks. Comparative analysis of corporate board membership does reveal significant similarities among Mexican, North American, and other countries' corporate leaders. The peculiar structures of each group strongly flavor the nature of the networking source. Mexicans who exercised the most influence within their respective areas of responsibility in the last third of the twentieth century have close ties to one another, ties which affect their personal and professional relationships.

Keywords: organizational networking; Mexican power elites; military officers; clergy; kinship; Mexican capitalists

Chapter.  10957 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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