Land Reform in Mexico: 1910—1980

Land Reform in Mexico: 1910—1980

1st Edition - January 28, 1984

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  • Author: Susan R. Walsh Sanderson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483272313

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Land Reform in Mexico: 1910–1980 presents the workings of the Mexican government by analyzing actual policies, their implementation, and their outcomes in a significant and central sector of the Mexican economy, agriculture. This book discusses the pattern of Mexican redistribution policy in agriculture over an extensive period of time, with emphasis on the causes and effects of these policy shifts. Organized into eight chapters, this book begins with an overview of the agricultural policy and modernization strategy of Mexico. This text then relates regional variations in the rural social structure of the late 19th century to the history of Mexico's unique agricultural policy. Other chapters consider the policy shifts reflected in agrarian legislation by presidential period. This book discusses as well the politics of land reform and its linkages to local, state, and national administrations. The final chapter deals with the status of agricultural policy in Mexico during the 1980s. This book is a valuable resource for scholar and students with interest in Mexican politics.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures

    List of Tables



    1. Introduction


    The Research Design

    The Regional Dimension

    2. Regional Variations in Prerevolutionary Mexican Society


    The Porfirian Period: Prelude to Revolution

    Land Tenure on the Eve of the Revolution

    The Political Economy of the North

    The Political Economy of the Center East

    The Political Economy of the South

    The Political Economy of the Center West


    3. The Changing Pattern of Land Reform Legislation


    The Decrees of 1915 and 1916

    National Land Reform Legislation: The Constitution of 1917




    Plot Size and Types of Land Tenure


    4. The Politics of Land Reform in Mexico: Local, State, and National Linkages


    Administrative Organization of the Reform

    Legislation Affecting the Administrative Structure of Land Reform

    Petitions at the National Level

    Regional Variations in the Distribution of Land

    Veracruz and Agrarian Reform: Local, State, and National Linkages


    5. Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Mexican Land Reform


    The Timing of the Reform

    Unfulfilled Promises

    Regional Variations in the Distribution of Land

    Quality of Land Distributed

    The Ejido and the Central Government


    6. Peasants and Public Policy: Agricultural Credit and Productivity


    Agricultural Investment: 1940-1980

    Agricultural Credit

    The Agricultural Policies of Echeverria and LÓpez Portillo

    The Pricing of Agricultural Goods

    Poor Land, Scant Water, and Too Many People


    7. Migration, Economic Opportunity, and Land Redistribution in Mexico


    Mexican Migration to the United States

    The Role of Land Reform and Population Growth in Stimulating or Deterring Immigration

    The Role of the U.S. Economy in Stimulating and Deterring Immigration

    Migration, U.S. Unemployment, and Land Reform

    A Model of Migration


    8. Conclusions

    The Pattern of Demand and Response

    The History of Governmental Agricultural Policy

    The Next Decade


    Appendix A. Definitive Distribution of Land until 1933

    Appendix B. Example of a Diario Oficial Entry

    Appendix C. Presidential Actions (Resoluciones): 1916-1976

    Appendix D. Example of Selected Resolutions from the Ministry of Agrarian Reform Originally Published in the Diario Oficial

    Appendix E. Summary of Selected Resolutions for Mexico, 1916-1976

    Appendix F. Linear Systems Model



Product details

  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: January 28, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483272313

About the Author

Susan R. Walsh Sanderson

About the Editors

Charles Tilly

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Edward Shorter

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Toronto, Canada

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