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Palace Politics How the Ruling Party Brought Crisis to Mexico

ISBN-10: 029271758X
ISBN-13: 9780292717589
Edition: 2008
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Description: Bringing rare interviews and meticulous research to the cloaked world of Mexican politics in the mid-twentieth century, Palace Politics provides a captivating look at the authoritarian Mexican state-one of the longest-lived regimes of its kind in  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 6/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Bringing rare interviews and meticulous research to the cloaked world of Mexican politics in the mid-twentieth century, Palace Politics provides a captivating look at the authoritarian Mexican state-one of the longest-lived regimes of its kind in recent history-as well as the origins of political instability itself, with revelations that can be applied to a variety of contemporary political situations around the globe.Culling a trove of remarkable firsthand accounts from former Mexican presidents, finance ministers, interior ministers, and other high officials from the 1950s through the 1980s, Jonathan Schlefer describes a world in which elite politics planted the seeds of a mammoth socioeconomic crisis. Palace Politics outlines the process by which political infighting among small rival factions of high officials drove Mexico to precarious situations at all levels of government. Schlefer also demonstrates how, earlier on, elite cooperation among these factions had helped sustain one of the most stable growth economies in Latin America, until all-or-nothing struggles began to tear the Mexican ruling party apart in the 1970s.A vivid, seamlessly narrated history, Palace Politics is essential reading for anyone seeking to better understand not only Mexico but also the workings of elite politics in general.

Till Roenneberg is Professor at the Institute of Medical Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.Jonathan Schlefer holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and is the author of Palace Politics: How the Ruling Party Brought Crisis to Mexico, as well as articles for The Atlantic and other publications. He is currently a research associate at Harvard Business School.

Acknowledgments
List of Presidents of Mexico, 1924-2006
Introduction: The Politicians' Testimony
Politics at the Heart of the State
The Strange Mexican State
Did Structural Economic Failure Cause the Crises?
The Macroeconomics of Elite Conflict
The Crises That Didn't Happen
The Unwritten Rules
The End of Stability
Struggle
Schism
The Inevitability of Elite Politics
Mexican Fiscal Data
The Pre-Electoral Spending Cycle
Notes
Interview List
Bibliography
Index

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