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The Mexican Constitution, this year celebrating its hundredth anniversary,
was once lauded as one of the most progressive in the world. But political
leaders have continued to chip away at its gains.

It is easy to understand scholarly and progressive interest in this
year’s centennial
of the Russian revolution
but harder to explain why there is little apparent enthusiasm for an
anniversary that is arguably more important – that of Mexico’s 1917
constitution, signed on February 5, 1917. In fact, Mexico’s constitution
provided the model for the first Soviet constitution. Its failure to
inspire global interest may reside in an uncomfortable question facing the
country: whether it should be celebrating or mourning.

The Constitution has been revered by constitutional scholars for being the
first to enshrine social rights. But relentless revisions by politicians
have culminated in an assault on the last vestiges of its progressive
content by President Enrique Peña Nieto, leaving it all but moribund.

Mexico’s centennial has not been ignored in official circles
<http://www.constitucion1917-2017.pjf.gob.mx/>, of course, with a
high-powered committee of worthies spearheading a formal program of events
to mark the anniversary*.* But outside the corridors of power, some
commentators have pronounced the constitution as a dying
academics liken it to an elderly recipient of multiple transplants
and surveys suggest many Mexicans know little about it or believe that it
no longer responds to their needs

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