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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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ESTEINOU MADRID, Javier. The Media Factual Powers and the Emergence of the Hybrid State in Mexico. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2013, vol.58, n.217, pp.233-252. ISSN 0185-1918.

The process of institutional overlapping that developed in Mexico between formal traditional constitutional powers and mass electronic technologies, which gradually attained factual positions in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, changed the nature and basic governing functions of the national State. Thus, mass media power gave rise to a novel mixing phenomenon that generated a new type of "hybrid State". The corresponding new historical Republic with a highly political and media oriented nature modified the structure and scenario of the conventional contemporary nation state. The evolution of this historical reality has not yet come to an end, but instead continues to develop with an enormous amount of dynamism and force towards new stages of transformation of the State, public space, and society as a whole, without knowing its final outcome due to the strengthening of factual media power while the major branches of government are gradually weakening. Consequently, society needs to critically engage in an objective analysis of this strategic phenomenon, its phases of transformation and the viable alternatives for recovering the national development path.

Palabras llave : State; de facto media power; media republic; telecracy.

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