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Revista mexicana de sociología

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RIOS-FIGUEROA, Julio  and  SOTO TAMAYO, Luis Fernando. Electoral competition and judicial independence in Mexican states, 1985-2014. Rev. Mex. Sociol [online]. 2017, vol.79, n.2, pp.287-318. ISSN 2594-0651.

What explains variation in levels of judicial independence across Mexican states? This article examines the positive, theoretical and empirical link with electoral competition and de jure judicial independence. It distinguishes between various logics and measures associating electoral competition with the creation of judicial reforms. It also explores alternative explanations, such as the logic of insurance, dissemination and political ideology. The analysis is conducted using an original database on amendments to the mechanisms for the appointment, removal and duration of judges of the higher court in every state from 1985 to 2014.

Keywords : judicial independence; electoral competition; subnational analysis; Mexican states.

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