The 2012 Elections in Mexico: The Birth of a Consolidated Federal Democracy? Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2014

start page

  • 109

end page

  • 121


  • 24


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1359-7566

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-9434


  • In 2012, the simultaneous elections at the federal, state and municipal levels in Mexico reopened the debate about the path of democratic consolidation in the country. With the return of the Revolutionary Institutional Party to the presidency in 2013, there are renewed signs that Mexican democratic consolidation is underway. Particularly important in this process is that the 2012 gubernatorial and mayoral elections have been more competitive, resulting in higher political alternation in power between political parties. Under a changing subnational political context, there are indications that subnational politicians are no longer under the shadow of a dominant party system. As a more consolidated federal democracy, the political landscape in Mexico has become more complex.


  • mexico; federalism; democratic consolidation; intergovernmental relations