GOV 337M • Politics of Mexico
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
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 the new government? 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 and will pay close attention to history, though unlike a history course, 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).
Completing all readings and attending all lectures is essential for satisfactory performance. Depending on course size and teaching assistant support, students may be able to substitute a research paper for one of the exams.