Mexico at an impasse

This article dicusses the political transition of Mexico to democracy following the July 2000 defeat of the Institutional Revolutionary Party after more than 70 years of rule sparked a revolution in expectations. Newly elected president Vicente Fox projected a triumphant image of strength and confi...

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Main Author: Baer, M. Delal
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Summary:This article dicusses the political transition of Mexico to democracy following the July 2000 defeat of the Institutional Revolutionary Party after more than 70 years of rule sparked a revolution in expectations. Newly elected president Vicente Fox projected a triumphant image of strength and confidence that inflated hopes at home and abroad. Three years into democratic transition, few of these dreams have been realized. Mexican politics is more democratic but less governable and is suffering from gridlock between the executive and legislative branches. The economy is stable, but growth and competitiveness are laging. The principal concern of Mexico's elite today is how to build governing majorities and achieve consenses. Fox's leadership style is unconventional and ideologically heterogeneous. Some commentators find him refreshing and authentic, whereas others complain that he has not established clear priorities. Looking ahead to the 2006 president election, one can envision a scenario similar to that of the 2000 election, weak parties and strong candidates who lack electoral coattails. The United States and Mexico must erect a new North American security architecture. Protection of the North American primeter is essential to the security of both nations.