Perpetuating Power: How Mexican Presidents Were Chosen

By: Castaneda, Jorge G.; Smithies, Padraic Arthur (Translator)

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2000 Trade Paperback. 248 pp. The widely acclaimed explication of Mexican politics from 'one of the most insightful Mexican intellectuals' (The New York Times Book Review). Jorge CastaƱeda, recently named Mexico's foreign minister, has been both an insider and an outsider in Mexico's political system. In Perpetuating Power, he lays bare the often mystifying workings of power in Mexico, offering readers what the New York Times Book Review called 'an unusually revealing explication of the inner workings of three decades of presidential succession.' To outside observers, Mexico stood out for its odd mixture of democratic pretension with autocratic inevitability: there were always elections, but everyone knew the next president would be the candidate of the aptly named Party of the Institutional Revolution, which governed Mexico throughout most of the last century. In six penetrating essays combined with interviews by CastaƱeda with each of the living Mexican ex-presidents, Perpetuating Power provides a remarkably candid account of the political machinery behind Mexican presidential politics and a view, startling to political outsiders, of how power really operates.

Title: Perpetuating Power: How Mexican Presidents Were Chosen

Author: Castaneda, Jorge G.; Smithies, Padraic Arthur (Translator)

Categories: Political Science, Latin America,

Publisher: The New Press: 2000

ISBN Number: 1565847083

ISBN Number 13: 9781565847088

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 1523041