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The Reinvention of MexicoNational Ideology in a Neoliberal Era$
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Gavin O'Toole

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314858

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316296

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Introduction Salinas, ‘the Unmentionable One’

Introduction Salinas, ‘the Unmentionable One’

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(p.3) Introduction Salinas, ‘the Unmentionable One’
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The Reinvention of Mexico
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316296.002

In the tightly fought elections of July 2006, the clash between nationalism and neoliberalism came to a head. The nationalist camp was represented by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática, while the economically liberal camp was headed by Felipe Calderón of the ruling Partido Acción Nacional. Calderón was declared the winner by a very slim margin. His power struggle with López Obrador was reminiscent of an ideological confrontation during the 1988 elections involving a neoliberal technocrat named Carlos Salinas de Gortari, who won as president. This book examines nationalism as a discourse against the broader background of liberalism in Mexico since the mid-1990s, and also discusses sovereignty, capitalism and free trade, Article 27 of the Constitution, state reform, modernisation, and globalisation.

Keywords:   Mexico, nationalism, neoliberalism, Carlos Salinas, sovereignty, capitalism, free trade, state reform, modernisation, globalisation

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