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The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico Hardcover – November 4, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199742851 ISBN-10: 0199742855 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199742855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199742851
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Using an unrivaled data set of 4,500 officeholders over 75 years of Mexico's history, which he has refined over decades, Camp reaches some remarkable but well-founded conclusions. Indeed, The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico may be the best contemporary study of the sociological, demographic, and political characteristics of a nation's ruling elites anywhere." --Perspectives on Politics


"Who leads Mexico? What difference has democratization made in determining who Mexican leaders are, and how have institutional changes affected the rise of new leaders? In this book, Roderic Camp addresses these fundamental questions. He is the premier scholar of Mexican leaders in many professions, sectors, and institutions. This work builds on, and crowns, a remarkable scholarly achievement carried out over four decades."
--Jorge I. Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics, Harvard University


"Roderic Camp, with the acuity made possible by three decades of investigation of the political system and by hundreds of interviews with politicians and other elites, has written a masterful narrative of recent Mexican events. He asks the right, tough questions: which produces change - violence or democracy? Has democracy promoted women politicians? Is one career more democratic than others? Each of his eleven chapters raises provocative, significant questions and then answers them. He places in context the most perplexing problems of the day, immigration to the U.S. and elsewhere, violence on the border, and illegal drug culture. Anyone interested in modern Mexico must read this book."
--William H. Beezley, Professor of History, University of Arizona, and co-editor of The Oxford History of Mexico


"Camp is the leading scholar on Mexican elites. Highly recommended."--CHOICE


"[Camp], the dean of studies of Mexican political leadership, captures the evolution of Mexico's political system from the 1930s to 2010. Many of his results are either counterintuitive - party militancy generally greater among Panistas than Priistas - or unexpected. A must-read for anyone who hopes to know Mexico"--Library of Congress Handbook of Latin American Studies


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Roderic Ai Camp is Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College and serves on the Advisory Board of the Mexican Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution. His books include Politics in Mexico (OUP 2006) and Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know (OUP 2011).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EEC on January 9, 2012
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Camp (Claremont McKenna College) is the leading scholar on Mexican elites. Here Camp divides the comprehensive data from his Mexican political biographies project (see Mexican Political Biographies, 1884-1935, CH, Dec'91, 29-1841, and Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-1993, CH, Feb'96, 33-3061) into the predemocratic era (1935-88), the era of democratic transition (1988-2000), and the democratic period (2000-09). He then attempts to answer questions about the effects of democratization, institutional changes, and kinship ties on Mexican political leadership. Statistical data are supplemented by biographical descriptions of leaders, families, and networks. Examples of Camp's conclusions include the following: In the predemocratic era, only one of three Institutional Revolutionary Party leaders had held a political party position, compared to eight of ten National Action Party leaders. Since democracy arrived in 2000, there have been few working-class politicians in the judicial or executive branches at the national level. Democratization produced more changes in the legislative branch than in the other branch of government. Since the 1930s, more than a third of the prominent political leaders were related to other Mexicans who had reached important positions on the national or state levels. And semi-proportional representation in the Mexican Congress for opposition parties, which began in 1964, had major long-term consequences. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. E. Hartwig Texas A&M University--Kingsville
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By pathfinder on October 4, 2012
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Author, the dean of studies of Mexican political leadership, captures the evolution of Mexico's political system from the 1930s to 2010. Contends that the nation is undergoing process of democratic consolidation, but is not there yet. Many of his results are either counterintuitive - party militancy generally greater among Panistas than Priistas - or unexpected. A must-read for anyone who hopes to know Mexico. Library of Congress, Handbook of Latin American Studies 2012
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Roderic Ai Camp is Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College and serves on the Advisory Board of the Mexican Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution.

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