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date: 20 November 2019

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This article assesses Mexican democracy in the comparative perspective. It aims to set Mexico's latest democratization process within a wider comparative perspective. It then tries to establish a conceptual context that can help popularize understanding of political change within Mexico. It first creates a conceptual framework based on four analytical dimensions—manner of political transition, economic and social performance, popular opinion, and qualities of democracy—and then examines the transition to electoral democracy. It studies the different institutional dimensions, policy performance, and governance of Mexican democracy. Finally, it discusses popular perceptions and public opinion, with regards to change in Mexico's political system.

Keywords: Mexican democracy, comparative perspective, democratization, political change, political transition, popular opinion, qualities of democracy, economic performance, social performance

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