This book examines Mexico's attempts to initiate political reform and economic restructuring. It addresses the problems of implementing reforms that attack vested interests and lead to greater inequalities at a time of economic crisis, and asks how the government can create a "South-East Asian" economy and limit the worst effects of the entry into global capitalism while maintaining stability. The contributions cover the last ten years.
Introduction - the difficult transition - neoliberalism and neocorporatism in Mexico, Neil Harvey. Part 1 State and political reform: state power and political stability in Mexico, Alan Knight; electoral reform and the party system, 1977-90, Silvia Gomez Tagle; michoacan is different? neoliberalism, neocardenismo and the hegemonic process, John Gledhill. Part 2 US-Mexican relations and economic reform: shifts in Mexican foreign policy in the 1980s, Monica Serrano; Mexican trade and Mexico-US economic relations, Nigel Harris; hijacking the "public interest" - the politics of telecommunications policy in Mexico, Mike Heller. Part 3 Social concertation in state-society relations: the limits of concertation in rural Mexico, Neil Harvey; cardenas, salinas and the urban popular movement, Paul Haber; clientelism or technocracy? the politics or urban land regularization, Ann Varley. Part 4 Crisis, restructuring and response: intellectuals and the state in the lost decade, Sergio Zermeno; modernization and corporatism in government-labour relations, Iian Bizberg; women's work and household change in the 1980s, Sylvia Chant.