Mexico: The Unraveling Of a Corporatist Regime?

  • Howard J. Wiarda
  • Carlos Guajardo


Mexico is unique among the Friendly Tyrannies studied in this book because of the obvious, but still important fact that it is the only one that shares a border with the United States — a long, porous, two-thousand-mile border. Mexico is more interdependent with the United States on a host of issues — water resources, pollution, energy supplies, tourism, investment, trade, finances, migrant labor, debt, drugs, agriculture, to say nothing of politics and diplomacy — than any other country in the world. What happens in Mexico has profound implications for the United States — and vice versa.


United States Foreign Policy Debt Relief Mexican Government Democratic Reformism 
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    Among the better studies see Evelyn P. Stevens, “Mexico’s PRI: The In- stitutionalization of Corporatism,” in James M. Malloy, ed., Authoritarianism and Corporatism in Latin America (Pittsburgh, Penna.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1977), pp. 227–258.Google Scholar
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    José Luis Reyna and Richard S. Weinert, eds., Authoritarianism in Mexico (Philadelphia, Penna.: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1977).Google Scholar
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    An excellent statement is Jaime Sánchez Susarrey, “Corporativismo o Democracia?” Vuelta, March 1988, pp. 12–19.Google Scholar
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    This analysis is derived from several United States Information Agency (USIA) surveys of Mexican political preferences; see also Ann L. Craig and Wayne Cornelius, “Political Culture in Mexico: Continuities and Revisionist Interpretations” in Gabriel A. Almond and Sidney Verba, eds., The Civic Culture Revisited (Boston, Mass.: Little Brown, & Co., 1980), pp. 325–393.Google Scholar
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    As emphasized by Susan Kaufman Purcell in Robert Wesson, ed., The Latin American Debt (New York: Frederick A. Praeger for the Hoover Institution, 1988).Google Scholar
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    See Howard J. Wiarda, Corporatism and Development: The Portuguese Experience (Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 1977).Google Scholar

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  • Howard J. Wiarda
  • Carlos Guajardo

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