Building democratic institutions in Mexico

Lourdes Villalobos Torres, Florida International University


The purpose of this study is to explore the process of building democratic institutions in Mexico, to examine how political parties shape the process of democratization, and how this process determines the degree of party system institutionalization. The appearance of competitive politics brought new challenges and opportunities to parties in Mexico. The aim was to identify how the broader political and economic environment has challenged Mexico's political party system, and specifically the transformation of Mexico's political party system. This research illustrates the logic of the deductive model, beginning with general, theoretical expectations about democratization and the economic reform. The empirical data were analyzed to determine whether the deductive expectations were supported by empirical reality. This study offers a comprehensive analysis that conciliates the 'political opening' that has produced favorable conditions for democratization and social integration, and the 'economic opening' that has counteracted since it generated social exclusionary processes.

Subject Area

Political science|Latin American history

Recommended Citation

Villalobos Torres, Lourdes, "Building democratic institutions in Mexico" (1999). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1393827.