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MIT Mexico Program

Is it the Economy, the Media or What? Electing a Mexican President in 2006
Alejandro Poiré Visiting Professor, Kennedy School of Government, MIT Professor Chappell Lawson
Wed Jan 25, 12-01:00pm, E51-095

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

In July 06, Mexico will choose a President to succeed Vicente Fox, in office since 2000. Favorable economic conditions suggest that the incumbent party’s candidate, Felipe Calderón, has a chance of victory. Yet, unemployment, inequality & poverty suggest that voters will lean to former mayor of Mexico City Andrés Manuel López Obrador & his leftist Party, the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Further, voter disillusionment with Fox’s performance, marked by legislative deadlock on structural reform may sway voters back to the former hegemonic Partido Revolucionario Institucional’s (PRI) reputation for effective governance under traditional politician Roberto Madrazo. We will discuss the meaning & likely outcome of the 2006 race, using data from a major study of voter perceptions, opinions & attitudes.
Poli Sci Dept & Clubmex cosponsors.
Contact: Amy Kirkcaldy, kirkcald@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Center for International Studies

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