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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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ALEJANDRE RAMIREZ, Gloria Luz. Theoretical Approach and Evidence of the Gradual Displacement of the Authoritarian State to the Pragmatic State in Mexico: The Transformation of the Elites. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2014, vol.59, n.222, pp.313-352. ISSN 0185-1918.

Analyses of political change in Mexico since the government shift achieved in July 2000 have been undertaken with a focus on the democratic political transition that led to the so-called alternation, that is, from the stance of a classical approach about State transformations that led from an authoritarian stage to democratization. Analytical approaches in Mexico concerning political change are focused on the undeniable democratic practice at the ballot boxes; however, the outcomes' transparency, the adoption of a new regime, and the procedural condition of the young Mexican democracy make it appropriate to consider this shift from the realist view of the exercise of power and major mechanisms for the establishment of élites' political-governmental decisions. Thus, pragmatism is put forward as an alternative political approach. This article intends to establish that political change in Mexico has gradually changed from its past condition as an authoritarian State to become a pragmatic State, favored by the advent of governmental technocracy, globalization, the market, the us hegemonic ideology, and the obvious involvement of corporate elites contained in State power institutions.

Palabras llave : State; authoritarianism; elites; pragmatism; Mexican presidentialism; technocracy.

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