- Series: Praeger Security International
- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: Praeger (September 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0275988104
- ISBN-13: 978-0275988104
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,874,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mexico's Military on the Democratic Stage (Praeger Security International)
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"[F]ocuses on the evolution of Mexican civil-military relations in the context of Mexico's transition to competitive democracy. The author argues that the Mexican military is not a threat to democratic control, even though the presidency no longer controls the legislature and the armed forces have acquired an expanded role in fighting the drug cartels. Nevertheless, the Mexican military is vulnerable to corruption and remains a highly authoritarian institution. University-level education in the Navy and in the graduate-level Colegio de Defensa Nacional is described as superior to officer education in the Army's Escuela Superior de Guerra….Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, and practitioners." - Choice
"Roderic Camp's impressive new book on Mexican civil-military relations from 1876 to the present provides an unprecedented look at the sociology of the Mexican officer corps, their relationship with Mexican elites, and their relationship with Mexican society at large….In multiple ways, this study significantly raises the bar for future research in the field." - Political Science Quarterly
"Camp's book is very important because, while we read a lot about the military leaders of South America who often take over the government, we hear little about the Mexican military, who are under civilian control….Because of our close ties with Mexico, this book is very important. Camp discusses Vicente Fox, but he does not mention Lopez Obrador,who polls suggest will be elected the next president of Mexico. Although a leftist, he denies that he will imitate Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez, but we do not know if he will be elected, what policies he will follow, or how he will deal with the Zapatistas, for whom he is said to feel sympathy. My guess is that Mexico's ties with the US are so strong that he will avoid alienating it. However, that did not deter Castro or Chavez. How the Mexican army would respond to these eventualities is an enigma, but Camp's book provides a solid basis for reasonable projections." - World Association of International Studies
About the Author
Roderic Ai Camp is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College. He serves as an adjunct fellow of the Mexico Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and on the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He is the author of numerous articles and twenty books on Mexico. His recent publications include Politics in Mexico: the Democratic Transformation (2003), Mexico's Mandarins: Crafting a Power Elite for the 21st Century (2002), and Citizen Views of Democracy in Latin America (2001).