Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Political Science

Content Description

1 online resource (xi, 208 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Meredith L. Weiss

Committee Members

Holly Jarman, Rey Koslowski, Matt Ingram


civil society, democratization, HIV/AIDS, Mexico, public health, public policy, HIV infections, AIDS (Disease), Medical policy, Public health

Subject Categories

Political Science | Public Policy


This dissertation examines the relationships between the state and civil society organizations within the context of HIV policy in Mexico. The Mexican context is important in this analysis: Mexico has relatively recently transitioned to a more democratic form of governance, including expanding institutional opportunities for civil society organizations to participate in processes of policy development and implementation. Further, Mexico has an HIV epidemic that is concentrated in the most at-risk communities. These communities typically face political and social exclusion. The extent to which civil society organizations advocating on behalf of these marginalized communities successfully negotiate the creation of new policy interventions and the creation of new public health infrastructure is an important indicator of how deeply democracy has developed in Mexico.