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Courting Democracy in Mexico

Courting Democracy in Mexico
Party Strategies and Electoral Institutions

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  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521820011

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  • Pitting opposition activists' post-electoral conflicts against their usage of regime-constructed electoral courts, this study of Mexico's gradual transition to democracy addresses the puzzle of why its opposition parties failed to use these autonomous courts. The electoral courts were established to mitigate Mexico's often violent post-electoral disputes at key moments of the country's 27-year democratic transition, and had formal guarantees of court independence from the Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI).

    • A comprehensive book-length treatment of Mexico's transition to democracy
    • Rather than focusing on elites in Mexico City, the book also focuses on locally directed social movements from Mexico's regions
    • Interesting approach to establishing democratic rule of law by studying the success and failure of courts arbitrating post-electoral conflicts
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    "...a detailed and thorough account of the gradual transition to democracy in Mexico that focuses on the roles played by the two main opposition parties...provides a wealth of data...makes important contributions to our understanding of the complex and varied conditions under which democracy can be implemented, especially in his discussion of the interplay between formal and informal institutions." M.T. Kenney, Austin Peay State University, Choice

    "Eisenstadt's book is a remarkably detailed and comprehensive analysis of Mexico's "protracted" move away from a single-party authoritarian system." Latin American Politics and Society, Emily Edmonds-Poli, University of San Diego

    "Meticulously researched and theoretically rich, Eisenstadt's book provides the most extensive account we are likely to see of the interaction between national-level elites--from both regime and opposition--and party activists at the state and local levels as the opposition parties began to seriously contest elections in the late 1980s and 1990s." Political Science Quarterly, Joseph L. Klesner, Kenyon College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521820011
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Figures and tables
    Acknowledgements
    1. Electoral courts and actor compliance: opposition-authoritarian relations and protracted transitions
    2. Ties that bind and even constrict: why authoritarians tolerate electoral reforms
    3. Mexico's national electoral justice success: from oxymoron to legal norm in just over a decade
    4. Mexico's local electoral justice failures: gubernatorial (s)election beyond the shadows of the law
    5. The gap between law and practice: institutional failure and opposition success in postelectoral conflicts, 1989–2000
    6. The National Action Party: dilemmas of rightist oppositions defined by authoritarian collusion
    7. The party of the democratic revolution: from postelectoral movements to electoral competitors
    8. Dedazo from the center to finger pointing from the periphery: PRI hard-liners challenge Mexico's electoral institutions
    9. A quarter century of 'Mexicanization': lessons from a protracted transition
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Todd A. Eisenstadt, American University, Washington DC

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