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The Mexican Transition

Politics, Culture, and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

Until the year 2000, when Vicente Fox of the National Action Party won the presidential election, Mexico was ruled by one of the most enduring autocratic regimes of the twentieth century, the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Here Roger Bartra chronicles the key moments that led to the Mexican transition to democracy and reflects on the different aspects of civic culture, the political process, and electoral struggles that played a role in that journey. Bartra also explores the setbacks that have plagued the nation since Fox’s election, including the war on drug trafficking, and offers some insightful conclusions about Mexico’s political future.

240 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2013

Iberian and Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

Political Science:

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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword

Part I: The Political Transition
1. The Dictatorship was not Perfect
2. Mud, mire, and democracy
3. Can the Right be modern?
4. The Left—in danger of extinction?
5. The burdens of the Right
6. Populism and democracy in Latin America
7. The Mexican hydra: the return of the authoritarian party
Part II: Culture and Democracy
8. Intellectuals and scholars facing democracy
9. The labyrinth and its map
10. Ethnographic sonata in Nay-flat
11. 1968: Defeat, transition, counter-culture
12. Memories of counter-culture
13. Street life and politics
14. The shadow of the future


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