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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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The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico

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This introductory chapter discusses reasons for interest in and examination of Mexican leadership over four decades, and the scholarly basis of the study, including looking at original sources, such as a data bank of 3,000 national politicians. It explains how the study is divided into three critical periods: the pre-democratic era, 1935–88; the democratic transition, 1988–2000; and the democratic era, 2000–09. It examines a number of central questions, including how the changing role of political institutions influences the characteristics and experiences of influential political leadership, the extent to which informal in contrast to formal characteristics impact on leadership composition, the degree to which non-violent alterations in a political model produces as dramatic changes as does violence, the influence of three technocratic generations, the role of women in democratic leadership, the rise and fall of local politics, and the influence of informal versus formal political characteristics.

Keywords:   non-violent alterations, violence, democratic transition, partisanship, informal characteristics, Mexican leadership, national politicians, political leadership, technocratic generations

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