Miguel E. Basáñez

Adjunct Professor and Director, Judiciary Reform Program

  • M.Phil., Political Philosophy, London School of Economics
  • PhD, Political Sociology, London School of Economics
  • BA, Law School, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • MA, Public Administration, University of Warwick, England


Miguel E. Basáñez is Adjunct Professor and Director, Judicial Reform Program. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (1995-1996) and since 1970 has been a Professor in Mexico at ITAM, UAEM, UNAM, and Ibero. He is a member of the World Values Survey group that studies culture as shared belief and value systems in around 100 countries through public opinion surveys conducted every five years, and was President of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (1998-1999). He assisted in the expansion of democracy in México through the introduction of opinion polling for elections in 1985. He has combined a career in academia, opinion research, and government. He was Pollster of the President of Mexico, General Attorney of the State of Mexico, and Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Energy. He received his Law degree in Mexico (UNAM); a Masters in Public Administration (Warwick University, UK); and, from the London School of Economics, a Master in Political Philosophy and a PhD in Political Sociology. He has published and edited 12 books and more than 150 articles. His current research projects focus on Timor Leste, Italy, Russia, and Mexico.

Professional Activities
  • Iberoamerican University (1970-71)
  • UNAM (National Autonomous University of México 1974-78)
  • UAEM (State of Mexico Autonomous University 1985-86)
  • ITAM (Mexico's Autonomous Institute of Technology 1988-2008)
  • From 1968, being the last ones at the President's Office (1980-1982)
  • Governor of the State of México's (1982-85)
  • Attorney General of the State of México (1985-86)
  • Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Energy (1986-88)
  • Established and managed several companies from 1988 to 2008 for conducting and publishing public opinion surveys in México and worldwide since 1995.

Professional Associations
  • American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Americas Society
  • Club of Rome, Mexican Chapter
  • Council of the Americas
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • Mexican Council for International Relations (COMEXI)
  • Tepoztlán Center
  • World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR)

Research Interests
  • Cultural values and survey research
  • How values affect political, economic, and social development
  • how they are rooted in religion and law
  • how they are transmitted
  • how values relate to public policy and institutions
  • how they evolve and can be changed
"North American Convergence – Revisited" with R. Inglehart and N. Nevitte in Norteamérica, Revista Académica, UNAM: CISAN & Americas University: CNAS, Year 2, No. 3, July-Dec. 2007
• Corruption and Distrust in Latin America, Development Outreach, World Bank Institute, June 2007
• "Problems in Interpreting Electoral Polls in Authoritarian Countries: Lessons from the 1994 Mexican Election" in International Social Science Journal, September 1995.
• "Tradiciones Combativas y Contemplativas: México Mañana", Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, UNAM, No. 125, Jul-Sept, 1986.
• The Nationalization of Banks and Mexican Public Opinion", The Mexican Forum (Latinamerican Studies Institute, University of Texas, Austin), Vol 4, No. 2, April 1984.

• Changing Values and Beliefs in 85 Countries: Trends from the Values Surveys from 1981 to 2004 with L. Halman, R. Inglehart and others, Brill, 2007
• Values and Life Styles in Urban Asia: A Cross-Cultural Analysis and Sourcebook Based on the Asia Barometer Survey of 2003 with Takashi Inoguchi and others (eds), Siglo XXI, Mexico, 2005
• Human Beliefs and Values: A Cross-cultural Sourcebook Based on the 1999-2002 Values Surveys with R. Inglehart and others (eds), Siglo XXI, Mexico, 2004
• North American Trajectory: Trade, Politics and Values, with R. Inglehart and N. Nevitte, Aldyne de Gruyter, 1996.

• Value Change in Mexico 1980-2000: Evidence from the World Values Survey with Alejandro Moreno in T. Pettersson and Y. Esmer (eds), Changing Values, Persisting Cultures: Case Studies in Value Change, Brill, 2007
• "Deconstructing the Mexican Ideology" in Laura Randall, (ed.) Changing Structure of Mexico: Political, Social and Economic Prospects, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2006
• "The Camel and the Neddle" in L Harrison and P Berger (eds) Developing Cultures: Case Studies, Routledge, 2006
• "Color and Democracy" with Pablo Parás in Roderic Ai Camp, Citizen Views of Democracy in Latin America, Pittsburgh, 2000
• "Is Mexico Heading Towards its Fifth Crisis?" in Riordan Roet (Ed) Political and Economic Liberalization in Mexico, Lynee Rienner Publishers, 1993

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