Mexico in Focus: Political, Environmental and Social Issues


Series: Latin American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL057000

This book compiles the works of many authors from some of the best academic institutions in the world, all related to Mexico´s contemporary general conditions. The main objective of this compilation is to examine Mexico as a whole, giving the reader an insight on its social, economic, political and environmental problems. For this purpose, the texts have been chosen in a way that after analyzing a few of them, one will find them all correlated.

The problems analyzed in this book range from very recent (some of them occurring this past year) to others that go back decades or even centuries. In this sense, this contribution gives readers a historical perception of the problems captured. Some chapters develop scientific conclusions based on strict scientific research; however, the reader will find that the language is not overwhelming and the chapters can be thoroughly and easily read.

Overall, it is a wonderful compilation made possible by all contributing authors and their interest to publish their most recent research on it. We hope that readers enjoy going through the pages of these chapters as they venture through contemporary Mexico, analyzing topics from the environmental difficulties of Coahuila`s sand dunes to social changes in the Meseta Purépecha, passing through other topics, such as, the conditions of human rights protection in Mexico or the return of the PRI regime, among other great discussions. The authors’ interests are as different as their disciplines, but, in this case, diversity is important for maintaining multidisciplinary interpretations on the current needs of the Mexican society. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Energy, Environment, and Society in the Basin of Mexico until the Nineteenth Century
Germán Vergara (University of California, Berkeley)

Chapter 2. A Tale of Two Valleys: An Examination of the Hydrological Union of the Mezquital Valley and the Basin of Mexico
Jonathan Graham (Yale University)

Chapter 3. Conservation Challenges in Mexico: Developing a Protection Strategy for the Threatened Sand Dunes of Coauhila‘s La Laguna
Cristina García-De La Peña, Cameron Barrows, Héctor Gadsden, Mark Fisher, Gamaliel Castañeda and Ulises Romero-Méndez (Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango and others)

Chapter 4. An Analytical Retrospective of Mexico for a Sustainable Future
J. Serrano-Arellano, J. L. Chávez-Servín and M. Dávila-Núñez (Universidad de Guanajuato and others)

Chapter 5. Estuarine and Coastal Fishes from Yucatan Peninsula: Diversity and Ecology
Ma. Eugenia Vega-Cendejas and Mirella Hernandez de S. (Instituto Politécnico Nacional, and others)

Chapter 6. Pushing Mexico to a Recycling Culture
José Antonio Guevara-García and Virginia Montiel-Corona (Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala)

Chapter 7. Land, Forest, and Pueblos in the Meseta Purépecha, 1869-1911
Fernando Pérez Montesinos (Georgetown University)


Chapter 8. The Impact of Labor Regulation and Movements on the Mexican Industry: The Case of a Textile Mill in Central Mexico in the Twentieth Century
José Galindo (University of California, Berkeley/Universidad Veracruzana)

Chapter 9. Clubismo in Post-Revolutionary Mexico: An overview of the emergence of service and social clubs in Puebla and Tijuana, 1920-1960
David Tamayo (University of California, Berkeley)

Chapter 10. A Universal Social Protection System: An Instrument of Public Policy to Reach Greater Social Mobility in Mexico
Roberto Vélez-Grajales and Juan Enrique Huerta Wong (Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla and others)

Chapter 11. Old-Age Income Protection in Mexico
F. Alejandro Villagómez (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE)

Chapter 12. The Origin of the National Human Rights Commission in 1990 within the Latin American democratization process: Institution of the Mexican Society or of the Mexican State?
José Galindo (University of California, Berkeley/Universidad Veracruzana)

Chapter 13. El Agua de la Revolución: The Historical Evolution and Devolution of a Socio-Environmental Right in Mexico
Mikael Wolfe (Stanford University)


Chapter 14. The Return of the PRI and the Future of Democracy in Mexico
Alberto J. Olvera (Universidad Veracruzana)

Chapter 15. The Evolution of the Legislative Output of Mexican Presidents under Divided Government: The Case of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012)
Germán Stuht (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Chapter 16. The Legacies of Authoritarianism: Opposition Parties and Their Electoral Strategies in Mexico
José Antonio Hernández Company (University of Chicago)

Chapter 17. Mexican Democracy‘s Awkward Partner: Televisa as a de facto Power
Andrew Paxman (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, (CIDE), Región Centro)


Audience: Specialists and non specialists interested in Mexico’s current reality. Universities, think tanks, academic institution, the general public.

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