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Author Tuckman, Jo, author.

Title Mexico : democracy interrupted / Jo Tuckman
Published New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (311 pages) : illustrations, map
illustration, map
Contents Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- CHAPTER 1 Narco Trouble -- CHAPTER 2 Political Wastelands -- CHAPTER 3 The Misrule of Law -- CHAPTER 4 Lapsed Catholics -- CHAPTER 5 A Bungled War -- CHAPTER 6 Not Good Enough -- CHAPTER 7 Environmental Time Bombs -- CHAPTER 8 Left Behind? -- CHAPTER 9 Unfinished Story -- Sources -- Index
Summary This work looks at recent Mexican history, specifically the years after the election of Vicente Fox, which was supposed to usher in a new era of democracy, but instead led to years of struggle. In 2000, Mexico's long invincible Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost the presidential election to Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN). The ensuing changeover, after 71 years of PRI dominance, was hailed as the beginning of a new era of hope for Mexico. Yet the promises of the PAN victory were not consolidated. In this account of Mexico's recent history, the author, a journalist with extensive reporting experience investigates the nation's young democracy, its shortcomings and achievements, and why the PRI is favored to retake the presidency in 2012. The author reports on the murky, terrifying world of Mexico's drug wars, the counterproductive government strategy, and the impact of U.S. policies. She describes the reluctance and inability of politicians to seriously tackle rampant corruption, environmental degradation, pervasive poverty, and acute inequality. To make matters worse, the influence of non-elected interest groups has grown and public trust in almost all institutions, including the Catholic church, is fading. The pressure valve once presented by emigration is also closing. Even so, there are positive signs: the critical media cannot be easily controlled, and small but determined citizen groups notch up significant, if partial, victories for accountability. While Mexico faces complex challenges that can often seem insurmountable, the author concludes, the unflagging vitality and imagination of many in Mexico inspire hope for a better future
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Fox Quesada, Vicente
Calderón Hinojosa, Felipe, 1962-
Calderón Hinojosa, Felipe, 1962-
Fox Quesada, Vicente
Political culture -- Mexico
Political corruption -- Mexico
Democratization -- Mexico
HISTORY -- Latin America -- Mexico.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy.
Political corruption
Political culture
Politics and government
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 2000-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300160321