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THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF POLITICS: NEGOTIATING THE 2014 POLITICAL-ELECTORAL REFORM IN MEXICO

Miguel A. Valverde

Resumen


After the presidential election of July 2012, won by the PRI, the prospects
for achieving meaningful changes in Mexico were not promising.
The more pluralistic and competitive political environment developed
in recent years had made increasingly dificult the creation of legislative
majorities needed to produce major reforms. On the other hand,
there was still unease and mistrust among political actors. The government
and the opposition parties negotiated the Pact for Mexico, a
multiple-issue agreement which provided the basis for pushing for an
ambitious reform agenda, including a political-electoral component.
The article theorizes that given the existence of formal constraints, political
actors seek and build alternative mechanisms to provide viability
and functional capability to the political system.

Palabras clave


Governance; Electoral reform

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El Journal of Public Governance and Policy: Latin American Review es una revista del Instituto de Investigación en Políticas Públicas y Gobierno de la Universidad de Guadalajara.