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Compromiso cívico y participación ciudadana en México. Una perspectiva nacional y regional

Author(s): Víctor Alejandro Espinoza Valle

Journal: América Latina Hoy
ISSN 1130-2887

Issue: 48;
Start page: 141;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: citizen participation | civic involvement | private association | group membership | regional development.

Mexico¿s transition to democracy did not experience a political crisis or was not a result of founding compromises. Its path was paved by a series of electoral reforms. The dominant party system gave preference to a corporativist exchange between government and society, a practice which explains the historical aloofness of citizen political participation. The national political culture reflects a deficit of civic responsibility and electoral participation. This study analyzes the results of three political culture surveys undertaken in the years 2001, 2003 and 2005. These surveys give us a better understanding of the various ways in which citizens belong to and participate in community and political organizations. The data facilitates a regional and national analysis which shows that the civic culture does not have homogeneous patterns throughout Mexico. In order to asses the civic involvement in their correct dimension and their materialization in plural political participation, necessary prerequisites for the advancement and consolidation of Mexican Democracy, one must study the course of events on this matter within the various local and state conditions.
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