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Networking across 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/9780520233430.003.0004
Networking across Power Elite Circles

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This chapter suggests that in Mexico, the organizational networking approach grossly undermeasures the extent to which power elite circles are linked across policy arenas. Three broad networking sources are significant to establishing influential personal relationships across all Mexican power elite boundaries: educational, career, and family. Mexico's geographic pattern is typical of most countries other than the United States: a centralized capital city where most of the intellectual, political, and economic resources are concentrated. Wealth is an important variable in the family networking process. Educational settings are the most important source for networking among Mexican power elites, but only politicians and intellectuals establish extensive friendships with one another through education. A new type of politician at the end of the twentieth century, the hybrid politico, is increasingly characterized by provincial roots and experiences outside the three urban centers.

Keywords: organizational networking; Mexico; power elite circles; education; career; family

Chapter.  13251 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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