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The Role of Culture in the Political and Administrative Transformation of the Mexican State

This Report attempts to demonstrate that there are empirically measurable cultural national norms that affect the way Mexico's political and administrative systems have been conformed. It identifies three critical cultural dimensions that have a significant effect on the polity: a toleration for large power distances, an orientation towards collectivism, and a marked dislike for uncertainty.

The Report examines the role of these norms in the design and operation of the political and administrative systems, first during the period of their initial success, and then during the crisis points that demonstrate the unsuitability of these systems. The Report concludes with an attempt to investigate what role these national norms might play in Mexico's current attempts of state reform.

-- Author's foreword.