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The Mexican Political System after the 2012 Elections

A panel combining two of the most well-known and respected analysts of contemporary politics in Mexico

Thursday, October 11, 2012
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
UCLA Faculty Center
Hacienda Room

Mexico’s 2012 elections and post-electoral season have delivered results that will change the political landscape for years to come.  The electoral outcomes include the voters’ rejection of the PAN, the party that has governed the country since 2000; the split of the left into two major competing political parties; and, above all, the return of the PRI, the party that governed Mexico for most of the 20th century, to the presidency.   In this panel, Jorge Chabat (CIDE) and Lorenzo Córdova (UNAM), two leading Mexican political scientists, will analyze the outcome of the 2012 elections, offer perspectives on the realignment of political forces in the aftermath of the electoral process and outline the challenges faced by the administration of President-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto. This panel will be moderated by Rubén Hernández-León, Director of the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology.       

Dr. Jorge Chabat - Professor of International Relations at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE).  Dr. Chabat has written extensively on Mexico’s foreign relations, drug trafficking and national security, democracy and human rights.

Dr. Lorenzo Cordova - Professor of Political Theory and Law at the Institute of Juridical Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Currently, he serves as one of the nine members of the Instituto Federal Electoral (Federal Electoral Institute), a powerful agency that supersedes the implementation of all policies concerning local, state and federal elections in Mexico.


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Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, UNAM, CSUN

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