xxxx Mexico has not formally been a colony for nearly a century. Is the legacy of imperialism
still a major factor in Mexican life today? Why or Why not?
Why is there so much corruption in Mexico and, by implication, so many other Lesser
"Many developing countries are not really developing at all, but it is impossible
to understand Mexico except as a society and political system that are developing".
Do you agree or disagree? In what ways is this a true statement and in what aspects is it
an inaccurate description of Mexico today?
The PRI has dominated Mexican politics since the revolution early in this century. How
has it been able to stay in power so long, and what impact has its continued rule had on
Mexico's society, economy, and political system?
Mexico under the PRI has avoided most problems of developing nations--lifetime
dictatorships, military rule, and continual political violence. How was that achieved?
Policy in Mexico often seems to 'split the difference' between opposed alternatives. Is
this true in the areas of economics as well as foreign policy and religion?
Describe the groups which make up
Mexican society and make generalizations about the political allegiances
of each group
Trace the history of the independence
movement and the revolution in Mexico
Describe the methods and institutions
used by the PRI to create and maintain its political power
Evaluate the effectiveness of Cardenas's
reforms in terms of the maintenance of PRI power and the promotion of
Analyze the role of the United States in
Mexican politics and governing
Identify the active political
organizations in Mexico and the roles they play
Describe the ways in which the PRI
attempted to integrate itself and the regime in Mexican civil society
Analyze the role of non-reelection (term
limits) in the political processes and structure of the Mexican state
Identify corporatism and the role it
plays in the Mexican regime
Evaluate the importance of domestic and
international causes in the election of President Fox
Hypothesize about the political, social,
and economic effects of structural readjustment in Mexico
Compare and contrast the Mexican and
U.S. views of migration to the U.S. from Mexico, on the illegal drug
trade, and on international financing and analyze the effects those views
have on policy in the two countries