|Author||: Rafael Velazquez-Flores|
|Publisher||: Springer Nature|
|Total Pages||: 356|
|Rating||: 4/5 (739 Downloads)|
Download or read book Principled Pragmatism in Mexico's Foreign Policy written by Rafael Velazquez-Flores and published by Springer Nature. This book was released on 2022-07-16 with total page 356 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores Mexico's foreign policy using the ‘principled pragmatism’ approach. It describes and explains main external actions from the country’s independence in the nineteenth century to Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration. The principal argument is that Mexico has resorted to principled pragmatism due to geographic, historical, economic, security, and political reasons. In other words, the nation uses this instrument to deal with the United States, defend national interests, appease domestic groups, and promote economic growth. The key characteristics of Mexico’s principled pragmatism in foreign policy are that the nation projects a double-edged diplomacy to cope with external and domestic challenges at the same time. This policy is mainly for domestic consumption, and it is also linked to the type of actors that are involved in the decision-making process and to the kind of topics included in the agenda. This principled pragmatism is related to the nature of the intention: principism is deliberate and pragmatism is forced; and this policy is used to increase Mexico’s international bargaining power.