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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Lunch Program
What Happened on the Road to Mexican Democracy?
Roderic Ai Camp

Mexico has not been able to make the transition from an electoral democracy achieved in 2000 with the presidential election of Vicente Fox to what scholars described as a consolidated democracy in 2018. Mexico faces numerous challenges politically, socially, and economically, and those challenges are exacerbated by citizen attitudes which reveal low levels of legitimacy toward many governmental institutions and declining support for a democratic model. These perceptions will impact the outcome of its forthcoming presidential election in July. A renowned expert of Mexico, Roderic Camp, professor of international relations at CMC, will discuss his extensive research in this area.


Roderic Camp is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author thirty books on Mexico, six of which have been designated by Choice as outstanding academic books, and five books on Latin America. His most recent publications include: Mexico, What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017); Politics in Mexico, Democratic Consolidation or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2014); The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2012); Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009 (University of Texas Press, 2011); The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2010.

He is the recipient of the Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government, the highest honor it can bestow on a foreigner, for his contributions to Mexico.

Professor Camp's Athenaeum presentation is a celebration of his 2017 CMC Faculty Scholarship Award.