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Mexico: The 2018 General Elections

JUL 10, 2018 | 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM



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9100: Skylight Room


July 10, 2018: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM




Mexico Swings Left: Implications for Mexican Democracy July 10, 2018

"México 2018 Elections: Turnover or Political Change?" 

Should results from the Mexican presidential election be described as a simple electoral turnover or as a indication of deeper political change? The first perspective is based on the performance of electoral institutions and the highly competitive nature of national and local elections of the last few years. In contrast, the second view, looks at deep changes in the distribution of political power in Mexico. These two views will be contrasted to analyze the outcomes of the 2018 political campaigns.

Andrés Lajous is Ph.D. Candidate at Princeton University. His current research focuses on the development of state capacity in contemporary Mexico. Andrés has worked as editor in Revista Nexos and as a weekly columnist for El Universal in Mexico City. He also holds a Master's in City Planning from MIT. Recently he published a book chapter with Miguel Centeno on Latin America's Challenges for the 21st Century.

Pablo Picatto (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is professor at the Department of History, Columbia University. His research and teaching focus on modern Mexico, particularly on crime, politics, and culture. He has taught as visiting faculty in universities in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France, and has been director of Columbia’s Institute of Latin American Studies, Vice Chair of the Department of History, and University Senator. His books include City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City, 1900-1931 (2001), The Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Mexican Public Sphere (2010), and A History of Infamy: Crime, Truth, and Justice in Mexico (2017).


Organizer: Araceli Tinajero

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