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Democratization and Authoritarian Party SurvivalMexico's PRI$
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Joy Langston

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190628512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190628512.001.0001

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The Challenges of (Authoritarian) Party Survival after Democratization

The Challenges of (Authoritarian) Party Survival after Democratization

(p.89) Chapter 5 The Challenges of (Authoritarian) Party Survival after Democratization
Democratization and Authoritarian Party Survival

Joy K. Langston

Oxford University Press

After the defeat of the PRI’s presidential candidate in 2000, the party experienced several dangerous trends: politicians began to leave the party in greater numbers and the party continued to lose gubernatorial and mayoral elections where it had never been defeated. The two strongest political factions battled over the future of the party and the takeover of the national party office. Yet, the PRI did not suffer terrible fractures and voters did not desert the label. Political institutions play a critical role in explaining why the PRI survived the difficult transition to democracy. Federalism promotes strong state political arenas; thus, the party’s governors became one of the important bases of party survival. The nation’s unique set of electoral rules—the mixed electoral system, generous public funding for parties, and single-term limits—allowed the national party to remain strong, while the governors minded the municipal and state political arenas.

Keywords:   democratization, party factions, governors, federalism, electoral rules

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