Mexican Politics Resource

This page tracks major political develoments in Mexico and provides publications and analysis on the Mexican political system.


Mexico Elections 2015: Results and Trends

Jun 11, 2015
What long term political trends were revealed through the results of Mexico’s recent elections? While the ruling party did maintain control as expected, Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood says that there were still surprises in the details of the results. And some of those surprises go beyond the unexpected victory of the independent candidate known as “El Bronco.”

Mexico's Active and Demanding Citizenry

Jun 09, 2015
Halfway through the six-year term of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico went to the polls on June 7 for its largest mid-term elections, renewing all 500 seats in the lower house of Congress and 17 state legislatures, as well as selecting new governors for nine states and mayors for hundreds of cities across the country.

As Mexicans Buck Political Status Quo, Independent "El Bronco" Wins Election

Jun 09, 2015
In Mexico, an independent's election as governor marks a potential sea change in Mexican politics, as voters grow increasingly disillusioned with traditional political elites.

Doubts Persist Over Mexican Contract Terms: Will the Government Get it Right in Time?

Jun 04, 2015
A few weeks after the electorate takes to the polls, the government faces another, more demanding examination of its most important achievement thus far: the opening of the nation´s hydrocarbons industry to private and foreign investment, when companies submit bids on the first batch of contracts under Round One. Duncan Wood discusses contract terms in this article with the Financial Times.

A Fragmented Political Landscape

Jun 08, 2015
It's too early to know the full impact of yesterday's elections in Mexico, but there is no question that these were far more momentous than midterm elections usually are, with profound short-term and long-term consequences for the future of Mexico's political system. Andrew Selee provides four quick takeaways on the implications of the results.

The Anticipated Results

Jun 03, 2015
"As we draw closer to June 7th, it appears that the upcoming election anticipates some likely unexpected results," writes Veronica Ortiz in this Expert Take.

Fighting the Reality

Jun 01, 2015
"It would seem to be patently obvious that in politics there’s no worse evil than fighting reality, but that’s precisely what the government has been doing recently," writes Global Fellow Luis Rubio.

A New Constitution?

May 26, 2015
"Before concluding its ordinary sessions, the Senate approved the so called historic reform for the capital city to be officially called Mexico City (it is currently the Federal District) and to be given a brand new Constitution as an independent state of the Mexican Republic."

Time in Politics

May 25, 2015
In this Expert Take, Luis Rubio discusses timing in politics. "In public life, say politicians, nothing is more important than timing."

To Govern

May 19, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio states that "to govern is to comply with the law...without exception."

Intrepid Autonomy

May 11, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the issue of autonomy.

Mexico's Midterm Elections and the Peña Nieto Administration

May 11, 2015
The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host an event on Mexico's 2015 midterm elections. On June 7, 2015, more than 86 million Mexicans will have the opportunity to elect 500 federal deputies, 17 state-level legislatures, 9 governors, and more than 300 mayors.

The Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide

Jun 02, 2015
The Mexico Institute is pleased to present a comprehensive guide to the best resources on the 2015 Mexican elections. This web resource will bring the latest polling numbers, analysis and opinion to our readers. The Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide will be updated daily and will provide a one-stop shop for English language information on the vote.

Governability: What For?

May 04, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses governance in Mexico and the issues that go along with it.

Gubernatorial Elections in Mexico: The Polls

Apr 27, 2015
In this infographic, the Mexico Institute analyzes the published polls of some Mexican states holding gubernatorial elections in 2015.

The Absentee

Apr 27, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses the lack of economic growth in Mexico, stating "The great absentee in recent decades has been economic growth."

The Law and the Loophole

Apr 27, 2015
In this Expert Take, Veronica Ortiz Ortega discusses the issue of political parties looking for loopholes in laws regulating the campaigns.

Excesses and Vacuums

Apr 21, 2015
The accusation of supposed acts of corruption has turned into a national sport. No day goes by without the social networks posting photographs of a public official boarding a governmental helicopter or a politician’s wife entering a store in Los Angeles. The phenomenon cuts across the entire political spectrum, but the look is fixedly trained on the federal government. The faults of the Left appear lesser in the logic of the prototypical accuser. Is this an excess or merely a patriotic, therefore democratic, act?

Corruption, A Central Issue in the Campaigns

Apr 20, 2015
Corruption has emerged as a key topic in the 2015 electoral campaigns. In this Expert Take, Duncan Wood and Pedro Valenzuela discuss where the debate regarding corruption is currently and what the parties are proposing in their electoral platforms.

Ordinary Opinions of Everyday Mexicans: Polling from the 1940s-2012

Apr 13, 2015
This article, written by Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Roderic Ai Camp, discusses how public opinion polls played a critical role in Mexico's democratic political transition during the 1980s and 1990s.

Democratizing Mexican Politics, 1982-2012

Apr 13, 2015
This article, written by Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Roderic Ai Camp, discusses Mexico's democratic transition and the case study it provides of a semi-authoritarian political model evolving incrementally into an electoral democracy over two decades.

Political Representation of Women in Mexico

Apr 10, 2015
This infographic illustrates female representation in Mexican politics.

The 2015 Election

Apr 08, 2015
The 2015 election in Mexico includes the election of 500 federal deputies, Mexico will elect 17 state-level legislatures, 9 governors, and more than 300 mayors. For the the latest polling numbers, analysis and opinion, check out the Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide.

President Enrique Peña Nieto's Cabinet

Jun 27, 2013
The Mexico Institute is pleased to present the following two graphics regarding President Enrique Peña Nieto’s cabinet secretaries and his government’s five specialized cabinets.

Mexico: Commitment to Security and Justice

Apr 12, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute hosted Mexico's Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong. Secretary Osorio Chong has served as Secretary of the Interior under President Enrique Peña Nieto since December 2012 and was previously Governor of Hidalgo. His address covered the Peña Nieto administration’s security and justice strategies.

Mexico’s telecoms reform bill – The Expert Take

Mar 15, 2013
In his latest expert take contribution, Director Duncan Wood discusses the Peña Nieto administration's bold proposal to open up Mexico's telecommunications to more competition.

Peña Nieto’s Cabinet: What Does It Tell Us About Mexican Leadership?

Mar 12, 2013
An analysis of cabinet leadership in Mexico has always provided insights into political recruitment trends for the policy-making leadership in general. This essay briefly analyzes the backgrounds of the twenty-two cabinet secretaries and important cabinet-level agencies, and the president, and compares them with equivalent leadership, where appropriate, from three prior presidential periods. Those consist of the cabinet members from the pre-democratic era, 1935-1988, from the democratic transition, 1988-2000, and from the democratic era, 2000-2013.

Pacto Por Mexico - The Expert Take

Dec 12, 2012
During the era of the pre-democratic PRI in Mexico there existed a long history of national political pacts. Those pacts typically were between the PRI dominated executive branch and the two most influential actors, labor unions and business organizations. In the 1990s, at the highpoint of the democratic transition, the PRI for the first time in its history lost its ability to ensure a two-thirds vote in the legislative branch, preventing it from accomplishing constitutional changes.

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