from the book
Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek
Wouter de Nooy, Andrej Mrvar, Vladimir Batagelj
Mexican political elite.
Mexican_power.net: 35 vertices (Mexican presidents and close
collaborators), 117 edges (political, kinship, friendship, or business ties),
no arcs, no loops, no line values.
Mexican_military.clu: a classification of the (35) politicians according to
their professional background (1 - military in class, 2 - civilians).
Mexican_year.clu: the first year (minus 1900) in which the actor occupied
a significant governmental position.
Mexican_power.paj: Pajek project file containing all three data sets
complete dataset (ZIP, 1.5K)
In Mexico, political power has been in the hands of a relatively small set of
people who are connected by business relations, family ties, friendship, and
membership of political institutions throughout most of the 20th century. A
striking case in point is the succession of presidents, especially the
nomination of the candidates for the presidential election. Since 1929, each
new president was a secretary in the previous cabinet, which means that
he worked closely together with the previous president. Moreover, the
candidates always entertained close ties with former presidents and their
closest collaborators. In this way, a political elite has maintained control
over the country.
The network contains the core of this political elite: the presidents and their
closest collaborators. In this network, edges represent significant political,
kinship, friendship, or business ties.
Notwithstanding the fact that one political party (the Partido Revolucionario
Institucional) won all elections in the period under consideration, two (or
more) groups within this party have been competing for power. The main
opposition seems to be situated between civilians and members of the
military. After the revolution, the political elite was dominated by the
military but gradually the civilians have assumed power.
- J. Gil-Mendieta and S. Schmidt, 'The political network in Mexico' (in:
Social Networks 18 (1996), 4: 355-381).
- W. de Nooy, A. Mrvar, & V. Batagelj, Exploratory Social Network
Analysis with Pajek (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004),
- Original author: J. Gil-Mendieta (Instituto de lnvestigaciones en
Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas, Universidad Nacional
Autõnoma de México, (IIMAS-UNAM), Ap. Postal 20-763, Mexico,
D.F. CP 01000, Mexico ;
and S. Schmidt
(Center for Inter American and Border Studies, University of Texas at
El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968, USA ;
- Data compiled into Pajek data files by W. de Nooy, 2001.
2. January 2004
Pajek datasets /