Democratic Reformation in Mexico vs. Russia What factors explain why Mexico democratized in the 1990s and has remained democratic whereas Russia underwent the same process in the 1990s but is retreating into authoritarianism? This paper ponders the question of why Mexico and Russia both underwent democratic reformation in the 1990s but only Mexico has stayed the course and remains democratic today. Examining the possible factors, there appear to be two factors above all others that led to democratic roll-backs in Russia that were not accompanied by something similar in Mexico. For one thing, it may be said that the economic collapse in Russia was devastating and led to disillusionment with the leadership of Boris Yeltsin; such an economic...The end:
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