Monthly Archives: January 2013

January 27, 2013

Strong State?

Luis Rubio The great myth of Mexican politics is that there was in the past a strong and competent government that successfully guided the national destiny and that the only thing lacking is a return to that idyllic past for all our problems to be solved. The reality is that the “old regime” was an […]

January 20, 2013

Structural Abuse

Luis Rubio It never fails. As dawn heralds each new day, on the initiation of each governorship or municipal presidency complaints begin to flow on the excessive debt that the previous administration acquired. The scene is typical: the new governor arrives at his post with enormous plans and projects, only to find himself with empty […]

January 13, 2013

All and Nothing at All

Luis Rubio Everything changed but everything stays the same. That’s the sum of nearly two months of government. In less than a week, the new government installed itself and changed the political dynamic of the country: the professionals had returned and, with them, formality in politics. Forms are without doubt an essential part of a […]

January 6, 2013

To Construct Institutions

Luis Rubio   Perhaps there is no greater evil, or one more despised by the Mexican society, than that of impunity. Impunity, the twin sister of corruption, is not the product of our culture or customs: it is the direct daughter of the way that Mexicans have chosen to organize themselves. The problem, as in […]

January 1, 2013

In the Lurch between Government and Chaos

JANUARY 2013 In the Lurch between Government and Chaos: Unconsolidated Democracy in Mexico By  Luis Rubio