In This Review

Mexican Politics In Transition
Mexican Politics In Transition
Edited by Judith Gentleman
Westview Press, 1987, 320 pp

Nine academic specialists, two of them Mexican, analyze whether Mexico's political and economic reforms during the past decade are likely to add up to significant changes in the locus of power. Careful analysis of the opposition's organizational capacity, leadership traits, popular following, and of the outcome of the reforms lead the authors to conclude that the concessions made by Mexico's ruling elite have solidified control by the governing party, the PRI. PAN, the largest opposition party, is reduced to being a negative voice for the disenchanted among the urban middle class, while the left has not been able to build appreciable strength, even in conditions of economic crisis.