Workshop: "The Return of the PRI: What Does It Mean for Democracy and Policy Making in Mexico?"
Fri, September 21, 2012 • 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM • Eastwoods Room, UNB 2.102
On July 1, 2012, after twelve years out of power, Mexico’s PRI candidate Mr. Enrique Peña Neto won the presidential election and is projected to be sworn in on December 1. These elections were conducted under new (2007) rules that included: a much shortened campaign period, strict constraints on “negative” campaigning and “attack ads,” control of access to media time, and strict spending limits. While the polls had predicted a PRI victory, and the actual margin was 3.5 million votes more than the PRD’s candidate, Mr. Andrés Manuel López Obrador contested the result, largely on the grounds of “vote buying” by the PRI.
This conference will analyze these allegations as well as the lessons to be learned from the 2012 election cycle and aftermath. It will compare the “New” and “Old” PRI, and will explore the wider implications of the return of the PRI for democratic consolidation in Mexico as well as the challenges it faces in several key policy areas: energy, security, political reform, social welfare, and U.S.-Mexico relations. Faculty and graduate student specialists at UT Austin will be joined by leading academics from the USA and Mexico, as well as by top officials from Mexico’s two principal federal election bodies, the IFE and TEPJF.
Workshop Program (PDF, 254K)
Free and open to students and the public. Registration is required. To register, please contact LLILAS Public Programs.
For more information, contact Paloma Diaz at 512.232.2415.