Archive for month December, 2015

  • December 23, 2015

    War, silence...

    In his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker sustains that violence has dramatically declined in the last century. Mexico is going the other way round. Violence (understood as murders) has been raising since 2007 (figure 1). Mexico is living an internal conflict with the dimensions of a...

  • December 23, 2015

    The Transition...

    The health of Mexican democracy is under menace. Just a quick look at the regional Latinobarómetro’s database on satisfaction with democracy shows that Mexico is in its lowest historical levels of popular support to democracy. Despite many institutional changes and transformations in the last three decades, it does not seem...

  • December 22, 2015

    Render unto...

    In Mexico, traditional narratives grant the paternity of transition to democracy to the Right. However, one of the key determinants of the Mexican democratic change was proportional representation. A 1947 political demand of the Communist Party. The Left and democracy have a twofold and complex relationship in Mexico. If, as...

  • December 22, 2015

    Anticorruption as...

    Democratization processes imply numerous institutional changes and negotiations. These changes consist not only of legal and organizational reforms but also of transformations in the relationship between state and society. In Mexico’s transition to democracy, and the years after 1997 (when a national electoral democracy was established), anticorruption laws, policies and...

  • December 22, 2015

    Fighting poverty:...

    Mexico’s Social Policy has gone through a series of transformations since the implementation of the neoliberal agenda by the Federal Government.   During the 80s, Mexico experienced the effects of the adjustment policies derived from the debt crisis, along with its entry into the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade...

  • December 22, 2015

    The never-ending...

    The development of the Mexican economy during the last thirty years can be summarized in three charts. Figure 1 and Figure 2 show the evolution of GDP per capita from 1980 to 2014, both in absolute terms and in relationship with US GDP per capita. The last thirty years have...

  • December 12, 2015

    Kenyan farmers...

    In Kenya, where about 75 percent of total agricultural output is produced on rain-fed agricultural lands, the effects of climate change can never go unnoticed. In 2012, the Government of Kenya estimated that the continued annual burden of the extreme climatic events could cost the economy as much as USD500...

  • December 5, 2015

    Adaptation after...

    Right now in Paris the global community is convening in order to create a climate treaty, the ultimate goal of which is to limit the adverse effects of anthropogenic climate change. The bridge to this goal will be built upon two pillars of climate policy

  • December 3, 2015

    No bucks...

    For a colossal economic and energy transition, which aims to reduce climate change, a massive development fund is required. And, the bigger the pool of money, the larger the controversy that might arise.