POLITICS IN MEXICO is unique because the country has operated mostly under a state-controlled, one-party system since 1929, even though that party has been pitted against a number of other parties in popular elections.

While the governing party has been authoritarian, it has never been totalitarian. This unique one-party system has flourished, because Mexicans tend to be more interested in practicalities like jobs and contracts than in ideology. Thus, Mexico has become known for its stability and continued economic growth. This stability has made Mexico the only Latin American country that has never experienced a military coup. Instead, Mexican presidents have peacefully yielded power at the end of their six-year terms.

While the Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI), Mexico's ruling party, began as a revolutionary party, ...

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