The End of Nostalgia
Mexico Confronts the Challenges of Global Competition
Publication Year: 2013
Today's Mexico is strongly determined to become a full player in the globalizing international economy. It has increased its manufacturing output in areas such as automobiles and electronics, and both corporate and government sectors would like to take greater strides toward being a full global player. But do the underlying institutional and cultural elements exist to support such an economic effort?
In The End of Nostalgia, editor Diana Villiers Negroponte and colleagues from both sides of the Rio Grande examine the path that Mexico will likely take in the near future. It remains a land in transition, from a one-party political system steeped in a colonial Spanish past toward a modern liberal democracy with open markets. What steps are necessary for this proud nation to continue its momentum toward effective participation in a highly competitive world?
Armando Chacón is the research director at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness.
Arturo Franco has worked with Cementos de Mexico (CEMEX) and the World Bank. He was a Global Leadership fellow at the World Economic Forum on Latin America, 200811.
Eduardo Guerrero is a partner at Lantía Consultores in Mexico City, where he works on security assessment. He joined the Secretaría de Gobernación in December 2012.
Andrés Rozental holds the permanent rank of Eminent Ambassador of Mexico. He is president of Rozental & Asociados and is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Christopher Wilson is an associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Duncan Wood is a member of the Mexican National Research System and editorial adviser to Reforma newspaper. Since January 2013, he has been the director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Published by: Brookings Institution Press
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Many individuals have supported this project since Arturo Francobrought the idea for it to Brookings in August 2011. While each of the authorsbears responsibility for the contents of his or her chapter, we would like tothank Mauricio C?rdenas for supporting the initial project and Rafael RangelSostmann and Kevin Casas-Zamora for guiding the project. Andrew Selee,...
The End of Nostalgia: Mexico Confronts the Challenges of a Global Era
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Mexicans are proud of their noble ancestors: the most ancient Olmecs;Zapotec artists; Mayan traders; and Aztec warriors, who created a century-long empire. Later, Spanish conquerors, bringing with them both disease andCatholicism, melded with the indigenous populations to form a complex peo-ple whose adherence to a glorious past and whose fierce nationalism have...
Piecing Together the Puzzle of Mexico's Growth
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By the end of the twentieth century, Mexico had convincingly posi-tioned itself as one of the most promising emerging economies in the world.After several episodes of economic instability, marked by high inflation, fis-cal excesses, and recurring financial crises, the country, following the eco-nomic orthodoxy of the time, experienced an impressive transformation....
Unlocking Mexico's Political Gridlock
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As the Mexican congress approached the end of its final spring sessionin April 2012, it became clear that the inability of the country?s major politi-cal parties to reach consensus would continue to deter progress on both thepolitical and the economic front. The prolonged failure of more than a decadeto approve so-called structural reforms has created the widespread perception...
Energy Challenges for the Pena Nieto Administration
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As Mexico enters a new political era following the presidential electionof July 2012, its energy sector faces the prospect of radical reform. Mexico?sproblems with oil production and reserves are, of course, well known in theglobal energy community, and after years of discussion in the relatively ele-vated circles of national and international energy experts, Mexico?s political...
Toward a Regional Competitiveness Agenda: U.S.-Mexico Trade and Investment
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...crime, violence, and illegal immigration, the economic relationship betweenthe United States and Mexico is strong and growing. Economic cooperationhas the potential to act as a strategic driver for the entire bilateral relationship.While migration and security are understood primarily as problems to besolved, trade and investment are areas of immense opportunity. In this respect,...
The Priority of Education in Mexico
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Countries with the highest productivity per employed person are, withno exception, countries where education levels have grown consistently andthe average education level has reached thirteen years of schooling or more.While in Mexico access to education is nearly universal at the primary and sec-ondary levels, the average length of schooling of the labor force is about eight...
Security Policy and the Crisis of Violence in Mexico
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Since 2006 Mexico?s federal government has implemented a series ofbold interventions to fight organized crime. The last three governments devel-oped vigorous security policies that required each of them to choose amongdifferent security priorities, implementing some policy alternatives and reject-ing others. In this chapter I discuss those interventions and related issues in...
The Merida Initiative: A Mechanism for Bilateral Cooperation
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Historically, relations between the Mexican and the U.S. governmentshave been most productive when both governments share common goals butwork independently to achieve them. Close collaboration over time producesfriction, with Mexico asserting national sovereignty and rejecting integrationof common projects. In the early 1990s the U.S. government collected and...
Mexico and the United States: Where Are We and Where Should We Be?
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Mexico and the United States are not only neighbors?distant or closedepending on where you sit?but two equally proud nations with theirrespective histories of struggles for independence and bloody civil conflicts.Each is fiercely jealous of its sovereignty, although each benefits enormouslyfrom our geographical vicinity. The movement of people and goods across the...
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AMAI Asociaci?n Mexicana de Agencias Mexican Association of Agencies CFE Comisi?n Federal de Electricidad Federal Electricity Commission CISEN Centro de Investigaci?n y Center for Research and National EDII Espacio Descubre, Interact?a, Space Discover, Interact, Imagine ENLACE Evaluaci?n Nacional de Logro National Assessment of Academic ...
About the Authors
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Armando Chac?n is a consultant in the design and evaluation of educationprograms and policies for governments and not-for-profit organizations anda partner at Newell & Co. (www.newell.mx). He is a columnist for El Econo-mista and co-author with Pablo Pe?a of How to Change Stories: What Indi-viduals, Firms, and Not-for-Profit Organizations Can Do for Education in Mex-...
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Publication Year: 2013