Internationalisation as a democratic tool: revisiting Mexico's double transition

Pablo Calderón Martinez

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Mexico's double transition—democratisation and internationalisation—offers a good case study to analyse the interaction between internationalisation processes and domestic developments during transitions to democracy. This article explains how the specific way in which Mexico linked with North America worked as a causal mechanism during the country's democratisation. In the end, an inadequate project of internationalisation—spearheaded by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—failed to fulfill its democratising potential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-188
Number of pages15
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Issue number2
Early online date10 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Calderón Martinez, P. (2014). Internationalisation as a democratic tool: revisiting Mexico's double transition. Bulletin of Latin American research, 33(2), 174-188. , which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


  • democratisation
  • internationalisation
  • linkage–leverage democratisation
  • Mexico
  • Mexico transition
  • Mexico–USA relations


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