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.
Mexico's Peña Nieto Inherits an Underperforming Relationship with Canada - Mexico Institute in the NewsDec 11, 2012
In an email interview, Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discussed Canada-Mexico relations with World Politics Review.
Steven Dudley writes a piece on Mexican migrants for Insight Crime. • This article also appeared on Offnews.info.
This article is in Spanish. This article in PODER quotes Duncan Wood on US-Mexico relations. • PDF is attached.
“If Pena Nieto can continue to follow those conservative approaches, he’ll have a huge benefit over the next six years,” Ducan Wood said in a telephone interview. “Mexico has every possibility of really booming as an economy.”
“It’s recognition for all the hard work and it gives him a very powerful position in Mexico. I think markets are going to see that as a very positive step forward,” said Duncan Wood on the Mexican economy.
The loosening of Mexico's legislative gridlock is but one of the positives awaiting Peña Nieto, who "inherits a very strong economy," says Duncan Wood, president of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. • This article also appeared on Hattiresburgamerican.com and Guampdn.com.
In singling out unions and monopolies, Peña Nieto may be “letting some of the major interest groups know in Mexico they are not above the law,” said Andrew Selee of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. This article also appeared on Wenatcheeworld.com.
Andrew Selee talks about how will President Pena Nieto affect Mexican-American relations, his recent meeting with Obama, and Mexico’s drug cartels.
The group Transparency International estimates the poorest households in Mexico spend a third of their income on these bribes. Duncan Wood of the Woodrow Wilson Center said this corruption causes U.S. firms to think twice about investing in Mexico