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Presidential Elections in Mexico

From Hegemony to Pluralism


  • Synthesizes historical and statistical analysis

  • Provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the Mexican electoral system

  • Outlines a general typology of presidential elections


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Reynaldo Yunuen Ortega Ortiz
    Pages 45-71
  3. Reynaldo Yunuen Ortega Ortiz
    Pages 73-122
  4. Reynaldo Yunuen Ortega Ortiz
    Pages 123-165
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 173-188

About this book


This book analyzes the transformation of the Mexican political system during the last four decades seen through the lens of its presidential elections. In the 1970s, Mexican presidential elections were without choice; thirty years later, the number of candidates and the competition increased dramatically to multiple parties and candidates. How can we classify presidential elections in Mexico between 1976 and 2012? How should these complex processes and the behavior of the Mexican electorate be explained? This monograph uses a mixed methodology including historical and statistical analysis of the presidential elections in Mexico to address these questions. In its chapters, the project presents a typology of presidential elections generally followed by detailed analysis of the presidential elections between 1976 and 2012.


Political behavior PAN PRD PRI National Action Party Institutional Revolutionary Party Party of the Democratic Revolution Democratization Latin American politics Mexican politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International StudiesCollege of MexicoMexico CityMexico

About the authors

Reynaldo Yunuen Ortega Ortiz is Professor of Political Science at the Center for International Studies at the College of Mexico. He is a Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico and Chief Editor of the journal Foro Internacional. In 2012 he was awarded the National Prize of Social Research and Public Opinion.

Bibliographic information


“After the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) México gave form to one of the most successful authoritarian systems of the 20th century. The strong roots of its undemocratic institutions and political culture have made extremely difficult and prolonged its democratic transition. By carefully examining the way in which presidential elections without meaning evolved into competitive although unfair ones, professor Reynaldo Ortega provides the reader with a good panorama of the political transformation of México in the last half a century and highlights the nature of the bumpy road still has to travel a hybrid political system before becoming a bona fide electoral democracy.” (Lorenzo Meyer, Professor Emeritus, El Colegio de México)