Mexico : dilemmas of transition /
edited by Neil Harvey.
London ; New York : Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London and British Academic Press, 1993.
xiv, 381 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London and British Academic Press, 1993.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [355]-377) and index.
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The process of democratization, accompanied by the drive for economic liberalization and free-market systems, has constituted the core issue for Latin America since the outset of the 1980s. Nowhere has this been more pronounced than in the case of Mexico. A broad array of reforms has been shaped and implemented over the past decade, and the task is far from complete. In this volume a dozen British or British-based scholars contribute analyses to a number of relevant policy areas. Political and economic reform are examined, as well as shifting patterns of state-society relations and the critical nature of restructuring and true modernization. The result is a work rich in an inclusive overview of contemporary Mexico, accompanied by an extensive bibliography. Interpretations are properly searching and constructive in the best sense of the word--especially in the chapters by Mexican scholars affiliated with the British organizers of the research seminar in London which spawned the multiauthored work. One important topic barely touched on, given the 1989-90 time frame for the seminar, is the North American Free Trade Agreement. But for this omission, the volume provides a comprehensive overview which serves as a useful source for students and scholars alike. J. D. Martz; Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
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This book examines Mexico's attempts to initiate political reform and economic restructuring. It addresses the problems of implementing reforms that attack vested interests and lead to greater inequalities at a time of economic crisis, and asks how the government can create a "South-East Asian" economy and limit the worst effects of the entry into global capitalism while maintaining stability. The contributions cover the last ten years.
Table of Contents
The difficult transition
Neoliberalism and neocorporatism in Mexico
State and political reform: state power and political stability in Mexico
Electoral reform and the party system, 1977-90
Michoacan is different? neoliberalism, neocardenismo and the hegemonic process
US-Mexican relations and economic reform: shifts in Mexican foreign policy in the 1980s
Mexican trade and Mexico-US economic relations
Hijacking the "public interest"
The politics of telecommunications policy in Mexico
Social concertation in state-society relations: the limits of concertation in rural Mexico
Cardenas, salinas and the urban popular movement
Clientelism or technocracy? the politics or urban land regularization
Crisis, restructuring and response: intellectuals and the state in the lost decade
Modernization and corporatism in government-labour relations
Women's work and household change in the 1980s
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