LAS 337M • POLITICS OF MEXICO
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 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 period from the Mexican Revolution to the present. This material will be presented chronologically and will pacy close attention to history (although this is not a history course). Subsequently, we will examine important themes in Mexico's political and economic development during the past 20 years. No prior knowledge of Mexico is presumed.