1st Edition

The Mexican Economy

Edited By George Philip Copyright 1988
    358 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1988, The Mexican Economy presents a comprehensive survey of the Mexican economy and its problems and argues that the crisis has more complex roots within the Mexican economy. It gives an equal weight to the long-term development of the Mexican economy and to the problems that have arisen since 1982. The contributors discuss issues like debt and oil-led development; Mexico’s 1986 financial rescue; the economic crisis and Mexican labour; the Mexican agricultural crisis; agriculture and environment; industrial decentralisation and regional policy, 1970–1986; Pemex and the petroleum sector; policies of the Mexican government towards NFRM; and Mexico’s maquiladora programme. This book will be of interest to students and researchers of economy, history, and political science.

    George Philip

    1. The Rise and Collapse of Stabilising Government
    Rosario Enriquez

    2. Debt and Oil-Led Development: The Economy under Lopez Portillo
    Paul Luke

    3. The Miguel de la Madrid Sexenio: Major Reforms or Foundation for Disaster?
    Armen Kouyoumdjian

    4. Mexico’s 1986 Financial Rescue: Palliative or Cure?
    Expernaza Duran

    5. The Economic Crisis and Mexican Labour
    Ian Roxborough

    6. An Overview of the Mexican Agricultural Crisis
    John Heath

    7. Agriculture and the Environment: The Mexican Experience
    Michael Redclift

    8. Industrial Decentralisation and Regional Policy, 1970–1986: The Conflicting Policy Response
    Ismael Aguilar-Barajas and Nigel Spence

    9. Pemex and the Petroleum Sector
    George Philip

    10. Policies of the Mexican Government towards the Northern Frontier Region of Mexico (NFRM)
    Mario Herrera Ramos

    11. Mexico’s Maquiladora Programme: A Critical Evaluation
    Leslie Sklair


    George Philip was Emeritus Professor of Comparative and Latin American Politics at the LSE. In a distinguished academic career that spanned over 40 years, he became one of the leading Latin Americanists of his generation. Philip’s academic writings addressed key issues of Latin American politics and political economy.  He introduced several generations of both undergraduate and postgraduate students to the politics of Latin America. He had the talent to make the complex politics of the region understandable and compelling for an audience that may have no previous knowledge of it.