The problem of Mexican Federalism has been seriously debated by Latin American historians and political theorists. Does the present Mexican political structure, when viewed in conjunction with the unique functioning of Mexican Politics, justify the federal designation? Conscientious observers are in close unanimity on the answer. Federalism, in the "traditional" sense of the word, does not exist in Mexico today. As one leading observer has stated, "the seeds of centralism were sowed at Querétaro despite the adoption of the federal form provided for the 1917 constitution." Numerous studies appearing both in books and periodicals have reached the same conclusion. It will not be the object of this study to labor the point. We will accept the hypothesis that federalism does not exist in Mexico today and attempt to discover why this is so.
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Troy Smith Floyd
Mexico, Federalism, Centralism, Politics, Constitution of 1917, Political History
Meyer, Michael C.. "The Mexican Federalist-Centralist Struggle, 1824-1860." (1960). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hist_etds/160