During the last decade, Mexico has implemented a comprehensive set of institutional reforms to combat discretion, inefficiency and corruption. After the successful efforts beginning in the last decades to build a new electoral system that allowed a peaceful transition from a single party regime to a pluralist democracy, the public agenda began focusing on challenging the traditional way to exercise authority gained in the polls. This text is a brief summary of the set of changes and challenges Mexico has faced during this period as well as of the vigorous debate on how to build complete, articulate, and coherent accountability in the country.
** Mexico Institute’s Public Policy Scholar Mauricio Merino Huerta received his Ph.D. in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and a Specialization in Constitutional Law and Political Science from Centro de Estudios Constitucionales de España. He is currently Professor/Researcher at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) since November 2003. He has given courses and conferences at 30 universities in México, Argentina, Colombia, Perú, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.