Mexico Democracy Interrupted

ISBN-10: 0300160313

ISBN-13: 9780300160314

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jo Tuckman
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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 changeover—after 71 years of PRI dominance—was 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 institutions—including the Catholic church—is 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.

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 5/25/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Jo Tuckmanis a Mexico-based foreign correspondent who reports forThe Guardian, among many other publications on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives in Mexico City.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Narco Trouble
Political Wastelands
The Misrule of Law
Lapsed Catholics
A Bungled War
Not Good Enough
Environmental Time Bombs
Left Behind?
Unfinished Story
Sources
Index
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