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By José Luis Orozco, UNAM

From the Preface

José Luis Orozco is a distinguished professor of political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and one of Mexico’s leading political philosophers. During April-June 2000 he was a Mexico Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, supported by a generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He wrote this paper during the period leading up to the election of President Vicente Fox and revised it shortly afterwards with additional reflections based on the transition process.

This study looks into the concepts and assumptions that underlie the current political debate in Mexico and the ways these have changed in recent years in the context of institutional change, the opening of the political system, and the influences of globalization.

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