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Political Corruption in Mexico: The Impact of Democratization

Stephen D. Morris
Political Corruption in Mexico: The Impact of Democratization
ISBN: 978-1-58826-680-4
ISBN: 978-1-62637-086-9
2009/307 pages/LC: 2009002534
"Stephen Morris has undoubtedly written an important and courageous book."—Wil Pansters, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

"Morris ... fully understands Mexican politics.... While the title may seem to indicate a specific topic in a particular country, the book is an appreciated contribution to the larger issues of political change, democratization, public opinion, and political culture."—Choice

"A very important contribution.... This rigorous exploration of corruption in Mexico also provides ample empirical evidence and strong theoretical insights about the relationship between democratic governance and political accountability."—David A. Shirk, University of San Diego

"A truly comprehensive study of corruption in Mexico. Not only does it provide the reader with a wealth of information, but it also inserts the Mexican case within a broader theoretical debate."—Luigi Manzetti, Southern Methodist University


Has the fundamental shift in Mexico's political system away from single-party authoritarian rule had any impact on the pattern of corruption that has plagued the country for years? Is there less or more corruption today? Have different types of corruption emerged? If so, why?

Stephen Morris addresses these questions, comprehensively exploring how the changes of  the past decade—political, structural, institutional, and even cultural—have affected the scope, nature, and perception of political corruption in Mexico. More broadly, his analysis sheds new light on the impact of democratization on political corruption, the conditions that make effective reform possible, and the limits of an institutional approach to understanding the corruption equation.


Stephen D. Morris is professor of political science and international relations at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also adjoint professor in the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University.


  • Political Corruption and Change in Mexico.
  • The Impact of New Politics.
  • Changing State-Society Relations.
  • Fox’s Anticorruption Reforms.
  • Exploring Perceptions of Corruption.
  • Participation in Corruption.
  • Shifting Patterns of Corruption.
  • The Role of Culture?
  • Conclusion.
  • Appendixes: Mexican Corruption in Comparative Perspective. Cases and Scandals.