Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Global Studies

First Advisor

Ajit Abraham

Second Advisor

Richard Harris


Mexico is an example of corruption at a global level comes from using the small case study of how their political chaos has created a bigger problem in the long run and can actually help reflect the effects that the neoliberal ideas presented by modernization and privatization can cause corruption on a global perspective. In contemporary times the problematic issues of corruption goes more than beyond the idea of money replacements, money laundering, and voting rights. In the concept of Mexico it is an era worth of political discharge and understanding that there is more to it than meets the eyes. Currently according to the Transparency international website Mexico is withholding the average ranking of a 2.9 of 10 and is placed in 135/180 on a global corrupt level, under or same as countries like Russia and Kenya. These problems come from an internal problem that originates from even the post colonial ideology that has been created in the times being that many countries like Mexico was based upon like many other Latin American countries as well as other global south nations in current democratic development. Mexico represents a “Pigmentocracy” society all based on the color of skin and the lighter of it. Yet the example of Mexico as a corrupt system comes from a deeper and even recent era, with neoliberal advances in the nation that helped some more instead of intending to help others, we can see that after the presidency of Salinas de Gortari the downfall of Mexico began. After 1995 is when the decline and the shameful political outburst came to be what many economist and people claim to have brought the 1995 crisis, which not only helped the increase in the hands of corruption to a bigger level, but it brought an increase on many situations that are currently affecting the economic and the political climate that Mexico and its people reside in today. The effects of this presidency and the contributions to the world in becoming a leader of corruption not only brought it to have the richest man in the World, who was one of the beneficiaries from this ordeal, but other agreements that continue to not only affect the Mexican people, but the way that they are viewed in a global perspective. The effects of this presidency created a perfect framework of elaborate economic elites that we continue to see examples of worldwide. Because corruption does not only affect mexico, corruption is a global phenomenon and affects all nations at different levels.