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Democrats and AutocratsPathways of Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity within Democratic Countries$
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Agustina Giraudy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198706861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706861.001.0001

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Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity in Mexico

Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity in Mexico

Puebla and Oaxaca

(p.126) 7 Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity in Mexico
Democrats and Autocrats

Agustina Giraudy

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the influence of presidential power on SUR continuity in two Mexican SURs during the years of the first two PAN administrations, under Presidents Vincente Fox and Felipe Calderón. Unlike in Argentina, Presidents Fox and Calderón could count on loyal copartisans at local government levels to foster the national–local alliances necessary to challenge subnational rulers’ power from within. As the results of the analyses depict, partisan presidential power was strong in Puebla, leading to SUR reproduction from above. In Oaxaca, in contrast, partisan presidential power was ineffective, prompting Presidents Fox and Calderón to strategically oppose and weaken the regime. Still, because autocrats managed to ensure party elite unity they were able to uphold the SUR’s local power and sustain the regime in power. These results again underscore the extent to which within-country differences between SURs dramatically affect different SURs’ chances of maintaining power.

Keywords:   qualitative evidence, subnational undemocratic regime continuity, Fox, Calderón, Oaxaca, Puebla, SUR self-reproduction in Oaxaca, SUR reproduction from above in Puebla, SUR weakening from above, party elite unity

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