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Economic and Political Environment of Mexico

Module name

Economic and Political Environment of Mexico

Instructor

Professor Claudia P. Rivas Jiménez

Course Description

This course is a survey of contemporary Mexico. Specifically, we will explore the interaction between economic reforms and political change. We will explore the historical, economic, and social factors that have influenced the politics of Mexico, beginning with the revolution and continuing to the present. We will analyze the transition from a  closed economy with a strong state role to a open economy with a less intervention of the state. As well, we will assess the strength of Mexico’s political and economic institutions to consolidate this transformation towards a market-oriented economy and a more democratic regime.

Grading Breakdown

Class Participation and attendance                   20%

Reading Reports                                                    30%

Final Exam                                                              50%

Programme

WEEK 1 (8 HOURS)

SESSION 1ST: JUNE 12 (14:00 to 18:00 hrs.) Political System and Economy in Mexico

Power Point Presentation

Camp, Roderic Ai.  2014.  Mexico in Compartive Context. In Politics in Mexico: The Democratic Consolidation.  New York: Oxford University Press.  Read pages 1-24.

 

SESSION 2ND: JUNE 14 (10:00 to 14:00 hrs.)  Historical Roots of Mexico

Video: México: What Everyone Needs to Know by Roderic Ai Camp

Camp, Roderic Ai.  2014.  Groups and the State: An Altered Relationship in a Democratic Polity?. In Politics in Mexico: The Democratic Consolidation.  New York: Oxford University Press.  Read pages 143-188.

 

WEEK 2 (6 HOURS)

SESSION 3RD: JUNE 19 (15:00 to 18:00 hrs.) Mexico’ Elections

Klesner, Joseph L. 2005. “Electoral Competition and the New Party System in Mexico.” Latin American Politics and Society 47(2): 103-142.

 

SESSION 4TH: JUNE 21 (10:00 to 13:00 hrs.) Mexico’s Political Institutions: Exucutive, Legislative and Judicial Branches.

Camp, Roderic Ai. 2014. Mexico’s Political Institutions: The Structure of Decison-Making. In Politics in Mexico: The Democratic Consolidation. New York: Oxford University Press. Read pages 189-219.

 

WEEK 3 (6 HOURS)

SESSION 5TH: JUNE 26 (15:00 to 18:00 hrs.) Mexico Towards Democracy and Economic Modernizatioin

Krauze, Enrique.  2006.  “Furthering Democracy in Mexico.”  Foreign Affairs 85(1): 54-65.

Lawson, Chappell. 2000. “Mexico’s Unfinished Transition: Democratization and Authoritarian Enclaves in Mexico.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 16(2): 267-287.

 

SESSION 6TH: JUNE (10:00 to 13:00 hrs.) Mexico Towards Democracy and Economic Modernization

Camp, Roderic Ai.  2014.  Political and Economic Modernization: A Revolution? In Politics in Mexico: The Democratic Consolidation.  New York: Oxford University Press.  Read pages 278-323.

Camín, Héctor Aguilar and Jorge G. Castañeda. 2012. “Mexico’s Age of Agreement.” Foreign Affairs 91(2): 23-30.

Last modified

May 2019