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Webinar — Hanging in the Balance: Mexico's Midterm Elections and the Future of Its Democracy

Webinar — Hanging in the Balance: Mexico's Midterm Elections and the Future of Its Democracy

On June 6, Mexico will hold its midterm elections. A total of 21,368 elected positions will be on the ballot — including half of all governorships and, more importantly, control of the Lower House of Congress — making this the largest single-day election in Mexico’s history. The results will be decisive, not only because they will define Mexico’s political landscape through at least 2024, but also because they may ultimately determine whether President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his political party (the National Regeneration Movement, known as MORENA), will push ahead with a nationalist, populist and increasingly authoritarian agenda — or whether the opposition will be able to hold the president’s power in check and protect both Mexico’s political and economic institutions and its broad partnership with the United States. 

At this half-day webinar, experts will present and discuss the findings of a yearlong research project on the state of Mexico’s political parties in light of the 2021 midterm elections and the critical role they play in the future of Mexico’s democracy. The event will feature a keynote address by Mauricio Merino Huerta, director of the Instituto de Investigación en Rendición de Cuentas y Combate a la Corrupción at the Universidad de Guadalajara, and three expert panels that will address democratic governance, electoral dynamics and the state of political parties in Mexico.

The event will be held in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English. 

The research project and this event are joint efforts by the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico and El Colegio de México (COLMEX). Follow @BakerCtrUSMEX on Twitter, and join the conversation online with #BakerMexico.

 


Registration

This webinar is free, but registration is required. Please click here to register. If you are unable to attend, a recording will be available on this webpage following the event.

Agenda

Each panel will be followed by a Q&A.

 

8:30 a.m.

 

 

Welcome Remarks

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute

Silvia Giorguli Saucedo
President, El Colegio de México

 

8:40 a.m.

 

 

Speaker Introduction

Rodrigo Montes de Oca
Research Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute

 

8:45 a.m.

 

 

Keynote Address: Elections, Political Parties and Democracy in Mexico

Mauricio Merino Huerta, Ph.D.
Director, Instituto de Investigación en Rendición de Cuentas y Combate a la Corrupción, Universidad de Guadalajara and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica

Q&A moderated by: Rodrigo Montes de Oca, Research Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute

 

9:20 a.m.

 

 

Panel I: Democratic Governance and Political Parties

Moderated by: Tony Payan, Ph.D., Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute

Alejandro Díaz Domínguez, Ph.D.
Professor and Researcher, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Soledad Loaeza, Ph.D.
Researcher, Center for International Studies, El Colegio de México

Javier Martín Reyes, J.D.
Professor, Constitutional Law, Election Law and Judicial Politics, CIDE

Gustavo López Montiel, Ph.D.
Adjunct Researcher, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Alejandro Poiré Romero, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnológico de Monterrey

 

10:20 a.m.

   

Panel II: Electoral Dynamics

Moderated by: Rodrigo Montes de Oca, Research Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute

Gisselle de la Cruz Hermida, J.D.
Researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

José Fredman Mendoza, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Universidad de Monterrey

Reynaldo Ortega, Ph.D.
Professor and Researcher, Center for International Studies, El Colegio de México

Willibald Sonnleitner, Ph.D.
Professor and Researcher, Political Sociology and Electoral Methodology, El Colegio de México

 

11:20 a.m.

   

Panel III: State of Political Parties in Mexico

Moderated by: Ricardo Raphael, Journalist, Milenio, Proceso and Washington Post

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute

Dainzú López de Lara, Ph.D.
Professor, International Relations, Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP)

Víctor Manuel Reynoso, Ph.D.
Professor, International Relations, UDLAP

Jesús Alberto Rodríguez Alonso, Ph.D.
Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

 

12:20 p.m.

   

Closing Remarks

Soledad Loaeza, Ph.D.
Researcher, Center for International Studies, El Colegio de México

 

 

When?

Thu, May 27, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Where?

Online webinar