Institutional Erosion and Economic Stagnation in Puebla, 1999–2011

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


This chapter describes how the first decade of the twenty-first century saw the continuation of a decades-long pattern of contentious relations between local government and business in Puebla. The administration of Melquíades Morales (1999–2005) managed to keep the peace with the private sector, aided by the governor’s selective provision of favors. However, conflict broke out again during the turbulent administration of Mario Marín (2005–2011), who immediately became engulfed in a major political scandal after taking office. In order to stave off opposition from local business, Marín attempted to co-opt segments of the business community through the distribution of public contracts and other benefits, exacerbating divisions within the private sector and leading to a further deterioration of governance in the state. In this context, attempts at public-private cooperation faltered, and Puebla once again failed to diversify its economy or upgrade existing industries beyond the auto enclave.


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

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