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Decision Making, Networking, and Organizations

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/9780520233430.003.0009
Decision Making, Networking, and Organizations

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This chapter explores the significance of a professional organizational milieu, where the policy consequences of interactions between networking and socialization are analyzed. It incorporates the special characteristics of power elite networking to demonstrate how influential Mexicans use their informal associations in formal institutional settings to influence major policy decisions. In the private sector, the most influential organizations are not company bureaucracies but corporate boards and the Mexican Council of Businessmen. Individual Mexican agencies evolved their own organizational cultures, and that these cultures contributed to a dramatic change in government macroeconomic policy and to producing the leadership which engineered those new directions. The networking sources of prominent political power elites in the three economic agencies are varied, reflecting the patterns found among all political power elites. The Mexican Council of Businessmen provides an opportunity for an intellectual exchange among capitalists and between capitalists and leading political figures, including the president.

Keywords: power elite networking; socialization; political power elites; policy decisions; Mexican Council of Businessmen; corporate boards; macroeconomic policy

Chapter.  7360 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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