Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
AMLO, Political and Personal History of the Head of Government of Mexico City. Mexico DF: Plaza y Janés (Random House-Mondadori). 2004.
Alejandro Trelles and Héctor Zagal
Abstract: This book is about one of the key political actors in contemporary Mexican politics: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). This study describes the political environment surrounding the then Head of Government of Mexico City through his personality, his speech, and his decisions. The study seeks to understand how a politician like AMLO reached the peak of popularity and power in a new democracy immersed in a country with significant social inequalities. Politicians strengthen their popularity based on the ability they have to get their messages to the electorate. This study analyzes AMLO´s career in order to explain his position within Mexican politics. The study concludes that the risk of a lopizta government would be its gradual transformation into a PRI presidential style, without any of the advantages of the former hegemonic system.
Anatomy of the PRI. Mexico DF: Plaza y Janés (Random House-Mondadori). 2006.
Alejandro Trelles and Héctor Zagal
Abstract: This book is about the party that ruled Mexico for over seventy years, the elite that currently governs the party, and its standing after losing power in 2000. In the first part of this research we studied the anatomy, workings, and operation of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). We explain that given its hegemony in most of the states and municipalities, the PRI was still the best positioned party to win back the presidency. In the second part we describe the recent history of the PRI party narrated through the political career of Roberto Madrazo. The candidate’s life is intertwined with other actors such as Carlos Madrazo, Jesus Reyes Heroles, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Carlos Salinas, Ernesto Zedillo, Vicente Fox, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and Elba Esther Gordillo. In this second part we also explore the origins of Madrazo’s family, his talent and style, alliances and enmities. Finally, we analyze the endless disputes in which he has been involved and the many forms he has used to come out undefeated.
2017. Electoral Geography, Minority Rights and Political Representation in Mexico: 1990-2017. En Luis Carlos Ugalde y Saíd Hernández Quintana, Fortalezas y debilidades del sistema electoral mexicano, 1990-2016. Perspectiva federal y local. Ciudad de México: Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación (TEPJF).
2003 Review of The Mexican Voter; Democracy, Political Attitudes, and Electoral Behavior, by Alejandro Moreno, FCE, México, 2003. Mexico City: ISTMO, Number 269, Year 45, December.
2002 The Political, Economic, and Social Impact of Constitutional Law, by Carlos Elizondo Mayer-Serra, FCE, México, 2002. Política y Gobierno, CIDE, Vol. IX, Number 2.
Manuscripts Under Preparation
“Transparency and Partisan Strategic Interaction in Redistricting: The Case of Mexico. Working paper. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh (coauthored with Micah Altman, Michael McDonald and Eric Magar).
“De jure and de facto autonomy of Electoral Management Bodies in Latin America and Africa.” University of Pittsburgh. Working paper.
“Electoral Geography in the Caribbean: The Effect of Boundary Delimitation on Electoral Competitiveness.” University of Pittsburgh. Book Project.
“Bureaucracy and Local Politics in Mexico and Brazil.” Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh (coauthored with Barry Ames and Bruno Hoepers).
“Presidential Home Style. Where, When and Why do Presidents Travel?” Lessons from Mexico. Working paper. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh (coauthored with Jesús Leal).
“The Presidential Agenda in Comparative Perspective. Lessons from Mexico, Brazil and the United States.” Working paper. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh (coauthored with Bruno Hoepers and John Polga-Hecimovich).
“Courts and Bureaucracy. The Role of External Institutions in Delimiting Agency Discretion in Latin America.” Working paper. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh.
“Court Redistricting and Bargaining Breakdown in Local Legislatures.” Working paper. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh.
“Local Politics, Federal Regimes and Party Nationalization in Latin America.” Working paper. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh
Editorials, Newspaper and Electronic Articles
2016 “Transparency, Accountability and Boundary Delimitation in the Caribbean. Lessons from St. Kitts and Nevis.” Panoramas: Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh. February.
2015 “The Economic Consequences of a Failed State (Las consecuencias económicas del desgobierno).” Foreign Affairs Latin America. February (coauthored with Luis Foncerrada).
2014 “Impressions from Venezuela: Institutional Deterioration, Violence and Social Unrest.” Panoramas: Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh. February.
2013 “Drawing Electoral Boundaries in Mexico: International Transparent Participative Mapping Around the Globe.” Panoramas: Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh. June.
2006 “War Equilibrium, A Substitute for Democracy?” Mexico DF: ISTMO. Number 284. June.
2005 “The Redistricting Process in Mexico (El proceso de redistritación en México” Mexico DF: Excélsior. 13/12/2005.
2005 “The Role of Intellectuals in Politics.” Mexico DF: Reforma. 04/10/2005 (coauthored with Héctor Zagal).
2004 “Historical and Political Account of Mexico City´s Mayor.” Mexico DF: Proceso. No. 1454. September (coauthored with Héctor Zagal).
2004 “Public Finance in Mexico City during the PRD Administrations.” Mexico DF: Ceateris Paribus. ITAM. August 2004.
2003 “AMLO: The Secret of Ruling Mexico City.” Mexico DF. Expansión, No. 878. November 2003 (coauthored with Héctor Zagal).