Transnational Influences in a Protracted Democratization: The Case of Mexico
This article seeks to explain the extent to which transnational forces are responsible for advances –and setbacks– in the ongoing transition to democracy inMexico. It argues that external elements did play a role during this democratization. Concrete examples of transnational forces are analyzed to assess their impact on domestic politics, including the relationship between economic reform and political liberalization –two free trade agreements are analyzed– and the Mexican government’s attitudes toward democracywithin the Inter-American system. The article concludes that transnational elements play a significant role as instruments offering opportunities and posing limits to democratization.
Copyright (c) 2011 Enrique Romero Leal
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