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Where does the Mexican left fit within the "two lefts": The PRD in Mexico''s capital city

Jesus Esteban Manteca Melgarejo
University of Notre Dame
Jesus Esteban Manteca Melgarejo
University of Notre Dame
Open Panel

Abstract

The recent debate on the political left in Latin America has defined two extremes: the moderate and the radical left, or the "liberal" and the "interventionist", to use Raul Madrid''s terminology. The Mexican PRD won its first gubernatorial race in 1997. In the different gubernatorial governments across the country, it has implemented policies that fall on each side of the two extremes. In this paper, I want to categorize the PRD government of Mexico City, particularly during the current administration (2000-2006) to see on which side of the leftist spectrum it falls. Since the Mexico City major is the most likely candidate of the PRD to run for the presidency, it is important to understand what kind of policies might be promoted during his campaign, and enacted if the PRD wins the presidency. This analysis is also relevant in order to identify the differences within the same party in the multiple states it has governed and why those differences happen. Is it because of the public resources each state government has? Is it due to the nature of the political competition? Is it due to the nature of the electorate? Or is it due to the historical trends in the local branches of the party?