Bureaucratic compliance with Mexico's new access to information law

Juliet Gill, Sallie Hughes

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We analyze government document custodians' attitudes and behaviors in order to assess the prospects of a new access to information law establishing a citizen's right-to-know in Mexico. The Mexican law is considered one of the best in the hemisphere in terms of broad access and workable enforcement provisions. However, no extra resources were allotted to government agencies for compliance with the law; the country's traditional bureaucratic incentive structures support closure rather than access; and bureaucrats' views on the uses of government information prior to democratization suggest an instrumental approach guided organizational incentives rather than generalized support for either secrecy or access as a principle. We argue that missing or unclear political will at the top is the strongest challenge to Mexico's emerging right to know.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-137
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Accountability
  • Democratization
  • Freedom of Information
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Latin America
  • Mexico
  • Secrecy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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