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Power And Resistance In Post-NAFTA Mexico: Transformational And System-Stabilizing NGOs

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The opening of the Mexican economy in the early 1990s and the implementation of NAFTA in 1994 led to an armed uprising in the southern state of Chiapas where the indigenous protested economic globalization and the threat to their cultural heritage. Through the authors' evaluation of the organizations' demands and strategies, this chapter builds on earlier theoretical models for examining the emergence of collective action by adding an analysis of the political behavior of NGOs. Because previous cycles of collective action shape the context within which NGOs emerged, the chapter discusses the types of collective action in Monterrey, why, and how they attempted to enact their goals. Lobbying is usually discussed as an institutionalized form of politics, however in the Monterrey environment lobbying has traditionally only been used by the private sector business leaders.

Keywords: lobbying; Monterrey; NGOs; post-NAFTA Mexico



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