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Mexico’s Stability:

Depends on the ability of the ruling elite to maintain a state of relative equilibrium among the multiplicity of interests and demand in the nation.

Process characterized by bargaining among elites with various views of politics, social injustice, economic policy, and the conduct of foreign relations.

The 1910 Revolution (1910-1917) resulted in the Mexican Constitution: A remarkable document in that it covers not only political rights but economic rights as well (e.g. 8-hour work day, minimum wage, 6-week paid leave for pregnant women, etc.

Unfortunately, many of the provisions of the 1917 Constitution have yet to be achieved.

Indian “problem” … they have long endured the unequal practices of a ruling white and Mestizo elite.

Land reform: focus of struggle and occasion for serious human rights abuses.

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