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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2010

GOV 337M • Politics of Mexico

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38830 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
UTC 3.104

Course Description

This course provides a survey of 20th century politics in Mexico with an emphasis on political and economic development. Why did Mexico experience both political stability and economic growth until the 1970s while other Latin American countries experienced brutal military regimes? What accounts for the economic crises of 1982 and 1994? Why did the PRI lose in 2000 after 71 years in power? What are the prospects for Mexico's new democracy? The first portion of the course will examine the construction of post-Revolutionary political stability, the characteristics of the national political regime during the classic period of stability with economic growth, and the tumultuous political and economic episodes in the 1970s and 1980s. This material will be presented chronologically, but rather than a descriptive history, we will focus on explaining political and economic outcomes. Subsequently, we will examine important themes in Mexico’s political and economic development during the past 20 years of enhanced political competition (i.e., democracy). No prior knowledge of Mexico is assumed.

Grading Policy

The final grade for the course will be determined as follows: Option 1: Option 2: Midterm 1 30% Midterm 1 30% Midterm 2 30% Midterm 2 30% "Final" Essay 30% Research Paper 30% Participation 10% Participation 10% Participation: 10% of your final grade will be based on participation. You have two options to earn participation points, and you may mix and match, though you can only earn one point per week.


Readings: ? Required readings are in a two-volume course packet that is available for purchase at Speedway Copy in Dobie Mall and Kenneth F. Greene, Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico's Democratization in Comparative Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Note: In the highly unlikely case that there are any profits from sales of the book at UT, I will donate 100% of them to the UT undergraduate scholarship fund. ? Required readings are listed first for each lecture; recommended readings follow but are not in the packet. The page numbers in the syllabus refer to the original page numbers of the book/journal. ? The average number of pages of reading per session is 47.6 (i.e. 95.2 per week) - shown in brackets below. ? Two copies of the required readings are on reserve at PCL. Resources of general interest: ? English-language news sources on Mexico include: The Herald; Mexidata; LANIC; ? Spanish-language news sources on Mexico include: El Universal; Reforma contact the Benson library re: password; La Jornada; Proceso; Milenio


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