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Analysis on the participatory mechanisms of the Mexican Federal Government

Often conceived as a mechanism for deepening democracy and frequently cited by international organizations as a tool for ‘good governance’, participatory democracy has become a central governance issue in Latin America and Mexico. Since the 1980s, different types of participatory mechanisms have been introduced by the Mexican federal government in public decision making processes. However, the nature of these mechanisms as well as their potential effects on governance processes and outcomes are often overlooked in the academic literature.

In 2015, within the context of an agreement between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Mexico's Governance Secretariat, a team of researchers was commissioned to conduct a series of studies, consultations and dialogues with experts about participatory mechanisms in the federal public administration. The study indeed aimed at uncovering key policy elements in order to propose new directions for federal government’s citizen participation mechanisms.

Ernesto Isunza Vera, former member of the research team, will present during the conference the main results of this research and will discuss the potential implications of the legal reforms the Mexican federal government intends to implement in the realm of participatory governance, notably in the first half of 2016.


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*Conference in Spanish | Q&A: bilinqual

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