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Power from Experience: Urban Popular Movements in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico

Author: Paul Haber

When Vicente Fox was elected Mexico’s president in 2000, the world’s most enduring twentieth-century authoritarian regime finally came to an end. In this book Paul Haber explains how urban popular movements contributed to such a historic transition. In the 1960s Mexico’s urban poor, effectively incorporated into institutionalized forms of clientelism and cooptation, were perceived as passive and acquiescent. Their situation changed during the 1970s, Haber shows, as popular movements—led largely by young people inspired by the revolutionary ideals of Mexico’s 1960s student movement—took the first steps toward mobilizing the urban poor in what would develop into the full-scale political protests of the 1980s.

Publisher: University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Columbia University, Department of Political Science, received February 1992.

Advisors: Dr. Douglas Chalmers and Dr. Alfred Stepan

M.A. The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies,

Latin American Studies and International Economics, received December 1984.

Advisor: Dr. Bruce Bagley

B.A. World College West, International Development, received June 1981.

Advisor: Dr. Elden Jacobson

Selected Publications

Aaron Augsburger and Paul Haber (2018) Constructing Indigenous Autonomy in Plurinational Bolivia:  Possibilities and Ambiguities, Latin American Perspectives, Issue XXX, Vol. XX No. XXX, 1–15 DOI: 10.1177/0094582X18791970.

Aaron Augsburger and Paul Haber (2018) Visions in conflict: state hegemony versus plurinationality in the construction of indigenous autonomy in Bolivia, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, 13:2, 135-156, DOI: 10.1080/17442222.2018.1440511

“De revolucionarios a colaboradores: un cuento aleccionador de la transformación de la CDP de Durango, México" in Istor núm. 64 (Spring 2016):7-33.

“Pink Tide Governments and Radical Social Movements in 21st Century Latin America: The Making of New Post-Neoliberal Regimes and Citizenships” in Tamar Groves and Inbal Ofer, Performing Citizenship: Social Movements across the Globe.  London: Routledge, 2015.

“Las relaciones entre movimientos sociales y partidos políticos en México” in Jorge Cadena-Roa y Miguel Armando López Leyva, El Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD): a veinte años de su fundación.  Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2013.

“The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade” in The Encyclopedia of U.S.- Latin American Relations.  Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2011.

“Non-Governmental Organizations” in The Encyclopedia of U.S. Latin American Relations. Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2011.   

“Diagnósticos opuestos sobre la izquierda latinoamericana contemporánea” Perfiles Latinoamericanos núm. 37 (January – June 2011):139 - 154.

“La inmigración del movimiento urbano popular a la política del partidos y electoral en México contemporáneo” Revista Mexicana de Sociología 71, núm. 2 (April – June 2009):213 - 245.

Power From Experience: Urban Popular Movements in Late 20th Century Mexico.   University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006.

“How the New Right Governs the Last Best Place; Reflections from the 2003 Legislature”   The Montana Professor 14:1 (Fall 2003):3-12    

“Party Time? Building a Progressive Electoral Movement: A Case for the New Party” in Jill M. Bystydzienski and Steven P. Schacht, Forging Radical Alliances Across Difference: Coalition Politics for the New Millennium. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.

“Party Time?  Building a Progressive Electoral Movement: A Case for the New Party” in Contemporary Justice Review 2:2 (Summer 1999):143-158.

"Popular Organizations," "The 1985 Mexico City Earthquake," "Superbarrio," "Import Substitution Industrialization," "Neoliberalism," all in Michael Werner, Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture.  Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998.

"Vamos por la dignidad de Durango: Un estudio de poder socio-político" in Sergio Zermeño, Movimientos Sociales y Democracia en el México de los 90s.  Mexico City: La Jornada ediciones and Centro de Investigaciones Interdiciplinarias en Humanidades, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1997.

"Social Movements and Social Change in Latin America," Current Sociology 45:1 (Winter 1997):121-140    

"El arte de la reestructuración y sus implicaciones políticas: el caso de los movimientos urbanos populares," in Maria Lorena Cook, Kevin J. Middlebrook, and Juan Molinar Horcasitas, Las dimensiones políticas de la reestructuración económica, 333-370.  Mexico City: cal y arena, 1996.

"Identity and Political Process: Recent Trends in the Study of Latin American Social Movements," Latin American Research Review 31, no. 1 (Winter 1996):171-188.

"Political Change in Durango: The Role of National Solidarity," in Wayne Cornelius, Ann Craig and Jonathan Fox, Transforming State-Society Relations in Mexico: The National Solidarity Strategy, 255-279.  La Jolla: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1994. 

Teaching Experience

(1) International Development (undergraduate/graduate levels)

(2) Contemporary Mexico (undergraduate level)

(3) Latin American Politics (undergraduate level)

(4) The Politics of Social Movements (undergraduate/graduate levels)

(5) U.S.-Latin American Relations (undergraduate level)

(6) International Relations (undergraduate level)

(7) Comparative Politics (undergraduate/graduate level)

(8) Cultures in Conflict: Neoliberalism in the Americas (graduate level)

(9) Capitalism and Democracy in the Americas (graduate level)

(10) Globalization (graduate level)