One-Party Democracy

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (P.R.I.), which has been the controlling force in Mexican politics for half a century, is anything but revolutionary. Nor is it a party in the sense generally understood in Western democracies. But the P.R.I, is an institution: since its organization in 1929, it has not lost a single presidential election. The President, the most influential man in the party, rules Mexico like a virtual monarch for six years. Then, after consulting with a few powerbrokers, he designates his heir. In a blitzkrieg campaign, the successor is paraded before the...

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