In In Search of New Paradigms in the Mexican Public Administration: Civil Service and the New National Anticorruption System

  • Miguel Moreno Plata research professor, Autonomous University of Mexico City, Mexico
Keywords: career civil service, Mexican public administration, corruption, federalism, institutions, spoils system


The paper explores public administration development in México within two fields: the career civil service and the anticorruption policy. The differentiation between the institutional arrangements based on the classic formula of exclusive competences of each level of government and that of concurrent competences, more akin to modern federalism, has been used in the analysis. A qualitative and quantitative analysis of the institutional framework of the career civil service, at both the federal and subnational levels, sheds light on the predominance of patronage. This situation is dysfunctional with respect to the structure, objectives, and functionality of the National Anticorruption System. Finally, it is pointed out that México needs a new institutional structure in the career civil service based on a formula of shared competences, given that the absence or extreme weakness of public administration could hinder the efficacy of new institutional arrangements for combating corruption.