The 1988 presidential election in Mexico was the beginning of a new era in Mexican history. In this volume, scholars and political practitioners explore the implications of the election for the Mexican political system and for Mexico's international relationships, especially with the United States. In particular, the contributors examine the reasons for the explosive changes in the electoral system and discuss the political inheritance of President Salinas de Gortari.
An examination of the official results of the 1988 Mexican presidential election, E.W. Butler, James B. Pick and Glenda Jones; political change in the Mexico borderlands, E. W. Butler, J. B. Pick, G. Jones; modernization and political restoration, Rafael Segovia; Mexican policy and its implications for United States-Mexico relations, Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez; Mexico's 1988 elections, a turning point for its political development and foreign relations?, Roderic Ai Camp; the post-electoral conjuncture in Mexico and Mexican-Unites States relations, Carlos Rico Ferrat; political perspectives of Mexico - are Salinas and democracy compatible?, Juan Molinar Horcasitas; morality and democracy in Mexico - some personal reflections, Samuel I. del Villar; challenges for Mexico's opposition in the coming sexenio, Joseph L. Klesner; alternative Mexican political futures, M. Delal Baer; transfer of power in Mexico, Jose Carreno Carlon; the political future as viewed by the PAN, Jose Antonio Gandara Terrazas; the presidential succession - a commentary, Ricardo Pascoe Pierce; the Mexican presidential election in the mass media of the United States, Leonardo Ffrench Iduarte; consequences of the political transition in Mexico on its relationship with the United States, E.W. Butler and Jose Luis Reyna; the 1988 Mexican presidential election and the future, E. W. Butler and J.A. Bustamante.