April 1, 2005
"Mexican Governance is a timely and important book. By chronicling the good and bad of the contemporary revolution in Mexico, Armand Peschard-Sverdrup and Sara Rioff have compiled a book that expertly examines the evolution of a country of great importance to the United States as the two countries head into the twenty-first century."--James A. Baker III, former White House Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to the President; U.S. Secretary of State; and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
"Mexican Governance is an overdue examination of political change in Mexico--where it has hit, where it has missed, and where it needs to go to fulfill its promise--with the reverberations being felt in Washington and beyond."--Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, former White House Chief of Staff; Counselor to the President; and Special Envoy to the Americas
The 71-year reign of single-party rule in Mexico not only shaped the country's political culture; it had an intense effect on the institutions of government and how they evolved. The transition from single-party rule to divided government in Mexico thus is having an enormous influence on a range of governmental relationships--between the executive and legislative branches, between the military and civil society, between church and state--as well as on the development of the judicial branch, the national media, the economic policy agenda, and the broader state reform agenda. To deepen understanding of Mexico's historic shift toward democracy, CSIS commissioned seven renowned experts to examine the ongoing transition by analyzing the evolution of their respective fields under single-party rule; evaluating the positive (and negative) changes that have occurred under divided government; and, finally, proposing areas in which democratic governance can be advanced.
Armand B. Peschard-Sverdrup is the director of the CSIS Mexico Project. Sara R. Rioff is research associate for the CSIS Mexico Project.