Date of Defense



Political Science


The presidential election of 1988 in Mexico has been the topic of much discussion. The election was unique to Mexico because, for the first time, more than one candidate opposed the candidate for the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), or Institutional Revolutionary Party. The PRI had dominated the elections since 1929, but this dominance could no longer be taken for granted. It was also important because it called into question the famed stability of the Mexican system, which had been perceived as a role model for developing nations. The harsh economic conditions which preceded the election were also important, because of the opposition and protest movements that grew in response to the governmental policies.

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only