Peter H. Smith, Labyrinths of Power: Political Recruitment in Twentieth-Century Mexico, Princeton University Press, 1979


Pattern A arrays both public groups against both private groups in a total confrontation between the state and business. This situation has no doubt occurred but, given the fragmentation of entrepreneurial responses in Table 7-4 (and well-known rivalries between some government agencies), it surely has not happened all the time. Pattern B, on the other hand, allows for these divisions, with Public-1 and Private-1 joined against Public-2 and Private-2. Pattern C extends the range of possibilities by portraying a war of all-against-all, with no alliances of any sort; this may well occur at the early stages of any given decision, but the ingrown preferences for accommodation (plus, again, the data in Table 7-4) suggest that this would be a transient phase. Finally, Pattern D presents the reverse of Pattern B: now Public-1 is joined with Private-2, and Public-2 is linked with Private-1.