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In 2012, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)—which had governed Mexico with an iron grip for 71 years before being ousted in 2000—was surprisingly returned to power. In Mexico's Evolving Democracy, a team of distinguished political scientists delivers an exceptional analysis of the remarkable 2012 Mexican elections. Extending the scholarship that the editors generated in their panel studies of the 2000 and 2006 elections, the book assesses all three elections from both traditional and nontraditional vantage points, seeking fuller answers to the lingering question of why this maturing democracy returned the party associated with Mexico’s old regime to office. To evaluate the PRI’s rehabilitation and eventual electoral success, the authors explore Mexico’s electoral institutions, parties, candidates, campaign strategies, public opinion surveys, and media coverage. They also delve into issues of clientelism, corruption, drugs, violence, and the rise of new protest movements in the run-up to and aftermath of the elections. Not only does the book provide rich detail for Latin American electoral and democratization scholars, but its coherent narrative will also appeal to those unfamiliar with Mexican politics. Parts one and two offer an excellent recap of the “state of play” in 2012; part three analyzes why Mexicans voted as they did; and part four considers the election’s implications for Mexico’s political system more broadly.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. 1. The 2012 Election in Context
  2. Chappell H. Lawson
  3. pp. 1-31
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  1. 2. Chronicle of a Victory Foretold: Candidates, Parties, and Campaign Strategies in the 2012 Mexican Presidential Election
  2. Kathleen Bruhn
  3. pp. 32-62
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  1. 3. The Electoral Institutions: Party Subsidies, Campaign Decency, and Entry Barriers
  2. Eric Magar
  3. pp. 63-85
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  1. 4. Time to Turn Back the Clock? Retrospective Judgments of the Single-Party Era and Support for the Institutional Revolutionary Party in 2012
  2. James A. McCann
  3. pp. 86-106
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  1. 5. Public Mood and Presidential Election Outcomes in Mexico
  2. Andy Baker
  3. pp. 107-127
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  1. 6. Campaign Effects in Mexico since Democratization
  2. Kenneth F. Greene
  3. pp. 128-152
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  1. 7. Drugs, Bullets, and Ballots: The Impact of Violence on the 2012 Presidential Election
  2. Edgar Franco Vivanco, Jorge Olarte, Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Beatriz Magaloni
  3. pp. 153-180
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  1. 8. How Governmental Corruption Breeds Clientelism
  2. Ana De La O
  3. pp. 181-199
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  1. 9. Clientelism, Declared Support, and Mexico’s
  2. Simeon Nichter, Brian Palmer-Rubin
  3. pp. 200-226
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  1. 10. Effects of #YoSoy132 and Social Media in Mexico’s 2012 Presidential Campaigns
  2. Alejandro Díaz-Domínguez, Alejandro Moreno
  3. pp. 227-251
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  1. 11. Mexico’s 2012 Presidential Election: Conclusions
  2. Jorge I. Domínguez
  3. pp. 252-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-282
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421415550
Print ISBN
9781421415543
MARC Record
OCLC
899212335
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-03
Language
English
Open Access
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