New Mechanics of Overcoming Distrust

MEXICO - Report 19 Sep 2014 by Guillermo Valdes and Esteban Manteca

Executive Summary

Throughout the final 70 years the 20th century, the PRI was the perennially incumbent party, one that enjoyed the full support of every outgoing administration and free rein in deploying public funds to assure its perpetual hold on power. As smaller parties slowly were allowed to enter the fray, they were inevitably the victims of electoral fraud. As a result of such practices, electoral democracy was built on the basis of deep mistrust.

Since 1978 the government has implemented eight political reforms, including one passed just last year that was desi...

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