World Affairs Discussion addresses the Democratic Paradox in Mexico

Presenter:  Roderic Ai CampCamp Recent Official Photo (00655261xB76D6)

Topic:  The Democratic Paradox in Mexico: Increasing Governability and Declining Trust in Democratic Institutions

Location:  Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

Cost: $15 CIR Members and $20 Nonmembers & Guests

Professor Camp’s presentation will examine the failures and accomplishments of Enrique Peña Nieto during his first two and a half years in office.  He believes the most significant political achievement of PRI to date is the Pacto por Mexico and would argue that it has the potential for being the most influential political outcome since the 2000 election. Camp will explain what it suggests about Nieto’s team and his approach, why this is such a demarcation from past democratic politics, and why it represents a striking change in orientation focused on the political process. He will analyze these changes in the larger context of Mexican democracy. Why is this so significant? Many political analysts believe Mexico achieved an electoral democracy in 2000, reinforced again in the 2012 election by PRI’s victory; but Mexico has not achieved a consolidated democracy, that is, a functioning democracy. For example, it lacks a culture of law, transparency, and accountability. Camp will describe some of the most important obstacles and explain their consequences for achieving a consolidated democracy in Mexico.

Professor Camp is presently the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He serves as a founding member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City.

He is the author of numerous articles and thirty books on Mexico, seven of which have been designated by Choice as outstanding academic books. His most recent publications include: Politics in Mexico, Democratic Consolidation or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2013); Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012); Mexico, What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2011; Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009 (University of Texas Press, 2011) The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2010) Politics in Mexico, the Democratic Consolidation (Oxford University Press, 2007); Mexico’s Military on the Democratic Stage (Center for Strategic and International Studies Press, 2005. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St Olaf College for his scholarship and teaching on Mexico.