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Partisan Rivalry Between Government and Business in Puebla, 1981–1993

  • Theodore Kahn
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Part of the Latin American Political Economy book series (LAPE)

Abstract

The relationship between state governments and organized business in Puebla was highly contentious throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Business associations responded to the economic shock of 1982 by supporting opposition PAN candidates for local office, leading to attempts by PRI governors Guillermo Jiménez Morales and Mariano Piña Olaya to co-opt and confront private sector leaders. In this context, coordinated efforts to respond to economic change in Puebla failed. Instead, adjustment to Mexico’s trade liberalization occurred through firm and industry-specific actions, with limited inputs from local government. This pattern of government-business relations can be explained by the organization of the private sector. A traditional, conservative elite dominated local business associations, making organized business a political threat rather than a developmental partner for local governments. Meanwhile, Volkswagen and other large firms did not participate in business associations and instead pursued unilateral actions to adjust to economic change, largely outside of local institutions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Kahn
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  1. 1.School of Advanced International StudiesJohns Hopkins UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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