By Roderic Ai Camp

In response to six years of study, together with interviews with prime Mexican entrepreneurial and political leaders and the evaluation of hitherto unavailable fabrics, this paintings makes a speciality of the advanced political courting among the Mexican nation and prime businessmen from the Twenties to the current. examining approximately 3000 biographies to match Mexico's major opponents for political strength, the writer makes use of a humanistic method of try a few assumptions concerning the dating among the enterprise neighborhood and the kingdom and gives new insights into the lifestyles of an influence elite, the alternate among financial and political leaders, the self-image of Mexican marketers, the placement of family-controlled companies, and the impression of capitalists at the decision-making strategy. Camp additionally offers designated details at the possession of Mexico's best 2 hundred agencies, together with names of stockholders, board participants, and bosses.

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But publicly they must polish their populist credentials, and one method for accomplishing this goal is to distance themselves, formally, from the private sector. This was accomplished by a twofold pattern. First, businessmen were not recruited into Mexican political leadership, which, if possible, flaunted its popular origins, even if after 1920 most politicians were actually middle class and urban. Second, they denied businessmen any formal relationship with the evolving political institutions of the regime, notably the official party.

His decisions toward organized labor were those most important to the state's relationship with the business community. Cardenas created a national labor federation, the Mexian Federation of Labor (CTM), comparable to the business sector's national chambers. 23 But Cardenas made an important distinction between labor and business. Organized labor, through national federation membership, was automatically incorporated into the official party. This was done because labor was more influential than the private sector on the state's power in the 1930s, and its incorporation conformed to a populist image the leadership hoped to convey.

Hugh Aitkens explains why: The term "entrepreneurship" refers to a kind of behavior which is characteristic of certain organized associations of individuals (usually business firms). It is only in highly exceptional cases that the presence of this characteristic can be imputed to the actions of personalities of single individuals. The general rule is that it is the association, not the individual, that exhibits entrepreneurship. 3 35 36 ENTREPRENEURS AND POLITICS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY MEXICO Aitkens' interpretation fits contemporary industrialized economies well, but how accurately does it describe Mexico?

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