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The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico$
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Roderic Ai Camp

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742851.001.0001

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Governors National Democrats of the Future?

Governors National Democrats of the Future?

(p.243) 10 Governors National Democrats of the Future?
The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico

Roderic Ai Camp (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The most important conclusion that can be reached about governors and prominent politicians who also were governors is that they have contributed significantly to diversifying the composition of Mexico's national political elite. It is equally important to highlight the fact that governors have distinguished themselves from other politicians before and after the democratic transition; they have played this role for many decades. Without their presence among prominent political leaders, this distortion favorable to the capital would be even more exaggerated since nine times as many politicians as governors came originally from Mexico City. A surprising increase in governors from rural communities and villages has occurred in combination with governor composition having a more diverse regional distribution. Looking at Governors from the democratic era a reverse in this decline from the pre-democratic to the democratic transition period can be seen. Finally, governors can be distinguished from other politicians in the importance of terms of informal family ties, and governors were much more likely to have come from or been related to politically active families, thus increasing the importance of social networking.

Keywords:   governors, politicians as governors, rural communities, politically active families, social networking

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