Accession Number : ADA261763


Title :   The Mexican Military and Political Transition


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Bedingfield, Robin C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a261763.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 124


Abstract : This thesis assesses the future of Mexican civil-military relations. Mexico is unique among Latin American nations for its professionalized and depoliticized military. While the Mexican Armed Forces have shunned an active role in politics since 1940, they continue to rely on the hegemonic political party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, or PRI, for power and prestige. This dictates a close and mutually supportive working relationship. Within the next 20 years, however, the PRI is likely to lose its hegemonic position to increasing political opposition, severely straining the military's 60-year tradition of loyalty to both its Constitution and party. The military will be pressured to take on a more dynamic political role with the demise of its long-standing patron. This thesis demonstrates that the Mexican Armed Forces are likely to resist this temptation to repoliticize.


Descriptors :   *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *HISTORY , *TRANSITIONS , *MEXICO , *POLITICAL PARTIES , SCENARIOS , MILITARY PERSONNEL , CIVILIAN PERSONNEL , INSTABILITY , FORECASTING , THESES , MILITARY DOCTRINE , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , GROUP DYNAMICS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE