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Oil Missteps in Mexico, 1982-2018

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(MEI 891, HOUSTON, 04/24/2019) This report takes aim at the “Pemex corruption argument” that is presently in circulation. The argument is that the deteriorated state of Pemex may be explained by a pattern of corruption during the so-called neoliberal period of 1982-2018. In this report, we interpret the present state of Pemex as a result Continue Reading

Methodological note

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(Houston, 04/13/2019) One of our long-time and perceptive readers recently characterized our reports as “long-form journalism.” He added that his daily schedule is crowded to the point that he limits himself to reading reports of one page or less. We replied that the summary in most of our reports is meant to serve the needs Continue Reading

Two decades of anti-corruption in Mexico:1998-2018

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(Public Policy Perspective 10058, Houston, March 6, 2019) This report examines the record during 1998-2018 of efforts directed to combat corruption and increase accountability and transparency. Table 1 lists the titles of these measures in chronological order. Table 2 sorts the titles by legal class (treaties, constitutional amendments, laws and institutional dispositions). Table 3 is Continue Reading

Anti-corruption in Mexican law and history

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(Houston, March 5, 2019) This report is the third in a series on anti-corruption in Mexico and Latin America. It introduces the legal and institutional frameworks that are designed to combat corruption in Mexico’s civil service. Attention is given to the Congressional Auditor’s Office (ASF), the Ministry of Public Service (SFP) and the Finance Ministry’s Continue Reading

Scope and focus of anti-corruption in Mexico: A narrower scope than the public believes

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(MEI 889: Houston, February 27, 2019) The anti-corruption campaign in Mexico has been designed to suit the sensibilities of those opposed to, or skeptical of, the neoliberal regime. This report offers an analysis of the scope, focus, and limitations of the anti-corruption campaign. We see the scope restricted to white-collar civil servants. The choice of beginning Continue Reading

MORENA Reimagines Pemex: Bill submitted to realign responsibilities

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(MARKET Note 238, HOUSTON, 02/14/2019) — This report was prompted by the notice taken by two NGO’s in Mexico (México Evalúa and Ombudsman Energía México) of the legislative bill that had been submitted to the Lower House by a lawmaker from the MORENA coalition. The NGOs expressed alarm that, if approved, the amendments to the Law Continue Reading

Anti-corruption in Latin America

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(MEI 236 — HOUSTON, 02/05/2019) This report expanded considerably from our original intent to provide notes on the conference on anti-corruption in Latin America that was held at Rice University’s Baker Institute last Friday afternoon. For more information, plus the ability to download sample pages of MEI 236 and SFP Memo of Jan. 28, 2019 Continue Reading


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