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Mexico’s economy did not do particularly well in 2017. In fact, the economic slowdown raises important questions about what politicians throughout the country should be promising in the upcoming July elections and to whom they should feel most accountable. Like much of the Americas this year, corruption will be a major deciding factor at the polls in Mexico. The recent article in Foreign Policy, Corruption is Mexico’s Original Sin written by Luis Rubio not only describes a deeply embedded patronage system of corruption but offers little hope for reform, save for a massive judicial overhaul.
Rubio suggests that despite impressive efforts by anti-corruption activists, Mexican civil society is unlikely to witness Brazil inspired upheaval in their political system; for many years Mexico focused on growing its economy, while Brazil took time to reform its judiciary. Outgoing President Pena Nieto, of longtime ruling party PRI, has earned low approval ratings and widespread contempt due to rampant corruption at the federal and local levels, malfeasance by him and his wife, allegations of espionage, and extreme negligence – particularly in regards to the murder rate of civilians and members of the media. Read More...