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Mexico and the United States: The Politics of Partnership

Peter H. Smith and Andrew Selee, editors
Mexico and the United States: The Politics of Partnership
ISBN: 978-1-58826-859-4
ISBN: 978-1-58826-893-8
ISBN: 978-1-62637-467-6
2013/243 pages/LC: 2012031437
"An example of academic cooperation that can serve as a model for the bilateral relationship. Highly recommended."—Choice

"The historically grounded perspectives in this book can serve as important correctives to ephemeral news reports and commentary, pointing to the factors that will truly shape outcomes in Mexico and its relations with the United States."—Shannon K. O'Neil, Foreign Affairs

"Impressive in both research and writing, this volume cogently presents the key issues in the US-Mexico bilateral relationship."—Clint E. Smith, Stanford University

"A useful, timely volume on one of the United States' most crucial relationships."—Chappell Lawson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


What are the strengths and weaknesses of the partnership between Mexico and the United States? What might be done to improve it? Exploring both policy and process, and ranging from issues of trade and development to concerns about migration, the environment, and crime, the authors of Mexico and the United States provide a comprehensive analysis of one of the world’s most complex bilateral relationships.


Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His most recent books are Democracy in Latin America: Political Change in Comparative Perspective and Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World. Andrew Selee is director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His publications include Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power in Mexico and the coedited US-Mexico Policy Options for Confronting Organized Crime.


  • The Challenges of Partnership—A. Selee and P.H. Smith.
  • Global Scenarios and Bilateral Priorities—P.H. Smith.
  • The Dynamics of US-Mexican Relations—A. Selee and A. Díaz-Cayeros.
  • Making and Managing Policy—J. Bailey and T. Guillén-López.
  • Trade and the Development Gap—R.A. Blecker and G. Esquivel.
  • Migration: Policies and Politics—D. FitzGerald and R. Alarcón.
  • Protecting the Environment?—R. Sánchez-Rodríguez and S.P. Mumme.
  • Drugs, Crime, and Violence—L. Astorga and D.A. Shirk.
  • Conclusion—P.H. Smith and A. Selee.