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Mexico under Misplaced Monopolies

Concentrated Wealth and Growing Violence, from the 1980s to the Present



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Mexico under Misplaced Monopolies by Francisco E. Gonzalez

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This book presents a new analytical framework and reviews in detail Mexico's political and economic history between the 1980s and the late 2010s. The explanation offered is based on the idea of `misplaced monopolies' - i.e. an open political regime but a weak, fragmented state, and an internationally open economy but highly concentrated economic sectors and activity in the domestic sphere. Accordingly, sown in the course of the crisis-ridden 1980s and 1990s, misplaced monopolies grew roots and became core features of Mexico's political economy in the 2000s and 2010s. The end result has been great wealth concentration and a dramatic growth in brutal violence in many parts of the country. From this perspective, unless `misplaced monopolies' are reversed, conditions will remain prone to crisis, polarization and conflict in Mexico. The volume concludes by extrapolating the framework and placing Mexico in comparative perspective alongside internationally important countries such as Brazil, China, India and Russia. This is a highly original investigation that will interest people who follow Mexican politics and its economy. The analytical framework will be of use to analysts, scholars and students of comparative political economy, democratization studies, market reforms, and security and conflict studies.

Author Biography

Francisco E. Gonzalez is an Associate Professor of International Political Economy specialized in Latin American countries at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC, USA. Professor Gonzalez is also the author of the books Dual Transitions from Authoritarian Rule (2008) and Creative Destruction? Economic Crises and Democracy in Latin America (2012), both published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
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August 8th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
9 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white
Europa Publications Ltd
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