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Democratization and Authoritarian Party Survival: Mexico's PRI

Joy Langston


Mexico’s Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI) held executive power continuously from 1929 to 2000, when its candidate suffered a shocking defeat in the presidential elections. This study, which covers the years 1980–2012, uses an institutional focus to understand why the PRI survived its defeat and loss of the resources of the executive bureaucracy to return victoriously after two six-year terms out of office. The book offers a model of the difficulties authoritarian parties must face after they are ousted from the executive through fair and free elections: the danger of dramatic fractu ... More

Keywords: political parties, Mexico, PRI, authoritarian, democracy, party survival, candidate selection, campaigns, legislative discipline, governors, Party of the Institutional Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190628512
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190628512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joy Langston, author
Professor of Politics, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)