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Mexico : democracy interrupted /
Jo Tuckman.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
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311 p.
ISBN
0300160313 (hbk : alk. paper), 9780300160314 (hbk : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
isbn
0300160313 (hbk : alk. paper)
9780300160314 (hbk : alk. paper)
catalogue key
8444758
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"An insightful firsthand examination of Mexico from 2000 to the present. . . An important investigation of Mexico's recent political, economic and social pastand its possibilities for the future." Kirkus Reviews
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Kirkus Reviews, June 2012
Guardian UK, July 2012
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Jo Tuckman 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.
Main Description
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 changeoverafter 71 years of PRI dominancewas hailed as the beginning of a new era of hope for Mexico. Yet the promises of the PAN victory were not consolidated. In this vivid account of Mexico's recent history, 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. Jo Tuckman 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 institutionsincluding the Catholic churchis 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, Tuckman concludes, the unflagging vitality and imagination of many in Mexico inspire hope for a better future.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Narco Troublep. 18
Political Wastelandsp. 52
The Misrule of Lawp. 84
Lapsed Catholicsp. 117
A Bungled Warp. 143
Not Good Enoughp. 179
Environmental Time Bombsp. 214
Left Behind?p. 243
Unfinished Storyp. 278
Sourcesp. 287
Indexp. 301
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