The beauty of Mexico’s transition to democracy lay in the way it evolved gradually and peacefully over the course of a decade.
About the Author
Robert A. Pastor, professor of political science at Emory University, founded and (until 1998) directed the Latin American and Caribbean Program and the Democracy Program at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. At the request of the Latin American and Caribbean Program’s current director, Jennifer McCoy, he organized the Center’s mission to monitor the Mexican elections.
Mexico’s system of electoral governance and dispute settlement worked reasonably well, yet it created too much noise and too many needless invitations to distrust. The failures observed were less those…