The Second Democratic Transition in Mexico: Efforts, obstacles and challenges to Mexico in the quest for a comprehensive, coordinated, consistent form of accountability
During the last decade, Mexico has implemented a comprehensive set of institutional reforms to combat discretion, inefficiency and corruption. After the successful efforts beginning in the last decades to build a new electoral system that allowed a peaceful transition from a single party regime to a pluralist democracy, the public agenda began focusing on challenging the traditional way to exercise authority gained in the polls. This text is a brief summary of the set of changes and challenges Mexico has faced during this period as well as of the vigorous debate on how to build complete, articulate, and coherent accountability in the country.
Members of Congress Howard Berman, D-CA; Zoe Lofgren, D-CA; Steve King, R-IA; Ciro Rodriguez, D-TX and Lois Capps, D-CA and senior advisor to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Dean Aguillen joined the Mexico Insitute for a three-day trip to Mexico City.
“After 12 years of gridlock, you now have a way of negotiating between the parties that enables legislative progress,” says Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington. “It has become the central negotiating mechanism for Mexican politics today.”
Eric L. Olson discusses Peña Nieto's security strategy in the Wall Street Journal.
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This article was originally written in Spanish. Jacqueline Peschard’s participation came at the opening of the meeting, "The right of access to information: a cross-border perspective." This event was organized by the Federal Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI ), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center), the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) and Citizens' Initiative for the Promotion of a Culture of Dialogue.