MEXICO:. Government Institutions. By: Landon Fuller, Megan Hester, Tyler Davis. Mexico’s Constitution sets up a democratic system of government with three branches and a series of checks and balances, resembling the government set in place by the United States constitution.
Mexico’s Constitution sets up a democratic system of government with three branches and a series of checks and balances, resembling the government set in place by the United States constitution.
Manages a vast patronage machine for filling government positions
Initiates legislation and policies that were, until recently, routinely approved by the congress
Under PRI control there is a lot of patron-clientalism and bribery, as well as using insider information to promote business deals
During one-party rule the legislative branch was primarily a rubber stamp to executive initiatives.
Also, legislatures in both houses could only serve one consecutive term. If they wanted to continue in politics the fate of their entry into the executive branch was determined by the President. More reason to keep him happy.Legislature Then
Thanks to democratization in the 1980’s the legislature is no longer controlled by the Executive branch
Senate acts as jury while the Chamber of Deputies has the power to prosecute
Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000) tried to strengthen the courts by emphasizing rule of law.
Supposed to have Judicial Review, but the Supreme Court almost never overrules an important action or policy
Military generals dominated Mexican politics in the 1800s-early 1900s.
Military efforts have been focused on combating drug trafficking.