In Mexico, most of the reforms we've seen under Calderón have already outlived their usefulness. A further fiscal reform is urgent as soon as possible. The electoral reform seems unlikely to live to see the end of Calderón's term. Another oil reform package is inevitable, though not imminent. Another judicial reform wouldn't be much of a surprise. The only reform that was final in the way that we expect most American congressional reforms to be would seem to be the IMSS reform from early 2007. I don't see this as being held against Calderón or the Mexican Congress the way incomplete reforms would be in the States.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Different Approaches to Reform
A big difference between the American and Mexican legislative approaches was on display in the most recent Paul Krugman column. (At least, half of that difference was on display.) Krugman wondered if Obama's conciliatory side would make the eventual health care reform passed in Congress too tepid to complete the task at hand, i.e. giving the US a cost-effective health care system without a significant number of uninsured people. This idea, that any reform should be final, is also evident in the frustration about the Reagan immigration reform in 1986, as well as in the reaction to No Child Left Behind. None of the three cases are the same, but they all seem to me to reflect a rather binary style of assessment: either it worked or it didn't.