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Región y sociedad

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RODRIGUEZ MONTANO, Luis Carlos  and  PINEDA PABLOS, Nicolás. The decline of PRI’S hegemony in the state governments of Mexico, 1989-2014. Región y sociedad [online]. 2017, vol.29, n.69, pp.127-152. ISSN 2448-4849.

This paper inquiries about Mexican political transition among state governments and it asks the question: how much the hegemony of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has declined among state governments? To answer this question, three indicators are revised: the party of governors, the size of PRI fraction within local congresses, and the count of hegemonic state governments during the approximate 1989-2014 period. The study finds out that political pluralism has made substantive progress and that hegemonic PRI state governments have significantly declined. There is however a broad variability; while the majority of states are divided governments, five maintain hegemonic PRI governments with no alternation, and also 17 states have governments where other party is dominant. Despite of limitations in the analysis of the evolution of democracy, it was intended here to have a reference point on the loss of political power of a party that dominated most of local congresses for much of the 20th century.

Keywords : Institutional Revolutionary Party; state governments; hegemonic party systems; Mexican political system; political pluralism; party systems; governance systems; legislative power.

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