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Policy Analysis in Mexico$
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Jose Luis Mendez and Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329152

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329152.001.0001

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Policy analysis in the Chamber of Deputies

Policy analysis in the Chamber of Deputies

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Policy Analysis in Mexico

Rodrigo Velazquez Lopez Velarde

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Until the 1990s, the Mexican Congress functioned as a rubber-stamp institution whose main function was the approval of the presidents’ bills. The subordination of Congress to the executive branch produced, among other effects, the hindering of legislative policy analysis. Since government agencies had control over the policy process, it was not necessary for legislators neither to become policy specialists nor to invest resources and time in the development of professional staffs that could carry out policy analysis on diverse areas. However, as the process of democratization advanced, legislators started to create research centers and established civil service systems in order to professionalize the staff that supports legislative work. This chapter provides an assessment of the congressional policy analysis carried out in Mexico by focusing on the lower chamber (Chamber of Deputies) of the federal Congress. It argues that research centres and legislative committees perform three types of policy analysis. The limited functioning of the civil service system, the politicization of legislative staff, and low salaries are the main factors that undermine the quality of policy analysis in the Chamber of Deputies.

Keywords:   chamber of deputies, Mexico, committee, research centre, legislative staff, bill initiative, budgetary assessment, report

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