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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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OLVERA, Alberto. Political Crisis, Social Movements and the Future of Democracy in Mexico. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2016, vol.61, n.226, pp.279-295. ISSN 0185-1918.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0185-1918(16)30011-3.

Mexico is going through a multidimensional crisis; in economics as well as in the realms of politics, morals and society, it faces radical quandaries. To explain the origins of this crisis, its recent evolution and its possible outcomes, this article analyzes the limitations of the Mexican transition to democracy and, therefore, the rationale behind the institutional, legal and cultural continuity of the previous regime. It also addresses the acceleration of the crisis since the Partido Revolucionario Institucional returned to the presidency (2012) and launched a restoration project. Finally, the evolution and the strategic challenges the new opposing social movements face are posed, as well as the directions the present struggle between authoritarian restoration and democratization may take.

Keywords : authoritarian restoration; democratization; crisis; social movements; Mexico.

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