Political Parties and Electoral Politics

  • John J. Bailey


Mexican authorities after 1983 repeatedly invoked bipartidismo, roughly two-party competition, as an undesirable, exotic notion promoted largely by the United States and other hostile forces to eliminate the left and undermine national sovereignty. The historical record — not only in Mexico but in other countries of the region as well — shows that the United States sees no inconsistency in both favouring democratisation and using out-parties to pressure governments. Throughout the Mexican Revolution the United States played one faction off against another, now granting or now withholding recognition, in order to advance its interests. Although this vivid memory coincides nicely with the PRI-government’s project of maintaining hegemonic power, realism suggests that the United States would work through a major opposition party in Mexico. This should be kept in mind when we consider the PRI’s special efforts to prop up the partisan left as a political counterweight to the PAN and the threat from the right.


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© John J Bailey 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Bailey
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

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