Political Change and Environmental Policymaking in Mexico
This book explores environmental policymaking in Mexico as a vehicle to understanding the broader changes in the policy process within a system undergoing a democratic transformation. It constitutes the first major analysis of environmental policymaking in Mexico at the national level, and examines the implementation of forestry policy in Mexico's largest rain forest, the Selva Lacandona of the state of Chiapas.
Introduction 1. Political Change in Mexico 2. The Environmental Movement and ENGOs in Mexico 3. Environmental Agenda Setting under Ernesto Zedillo 4. The Making of Environmental Policy 5. The Role of Congress in Environmental Policy Making 6. Deforestation in the Selva Lacandona of Chiapas: The Last of the Mahoganies? 7. The Implementation of Forestry Policy in the Sleva Lacandona. Epilogue: The Decline of the Environmental Agenda under Vicente Fox. Conclusion
"Surprisingly few authors have examined the historical context and changes of Mexican environmental policy, making Jordi Diez’s book a welcome addition. Diez has put extensive effort into reformatting his doctoral dissertation into a well-organized and insightful book on environmental policymaking through the overlapping lenses of political science, political economy, environmental protection and forest management. Diez’s book certainly adds significantly to the analysis of environmental policy in Mexico. It is worthy reading for serious researchers on this theme, and would be useful for mid- and upper-level university courses dealing with Latin American environmental policy." ---Ross E. Mitchell, PhD