Atlantic Council Chairman Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. writes for the Miami Herald on the new reforms introduced under Mexican President Peña Nieto:
For a democracy as old as the United States, our politics have become discouragingly small. With most of our political leaders — dedicated public servants as they are — having adopted an all-or-nothing approach to governing, Congress often struggles even to pass yearly budgets.
I and colleagues from the growing “No Labels” movement have argued that, without a renewed commitment to cooperation and principled compromise, making the serious, structural changes necessary to meet our nation’s long-term challenges will remain a political impossibility.
Those disillusioned by the gridlock of our own politics, however, needn’t look far to find a more hopeful example. As we have stagnated, our neighbors to the south have done anything but. Under the leadership of President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico has spent the last 20 months reforming virtually every element of its economy and civil society.