similarities and differencesCompare the governmental policies of those two countries: Mexico and Brazil. What are the similarities and the differences?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Brazil is more forward-thinking, but it has had problems with civil unrest. Mexico is much more unstable at the moment, largely due to its proximity to America and it's importance in the drug trade. Brazil is more economically advantaged than most parts of Mexico.
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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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In terms of domestic policy, Mexico takes an active role in economic management in a vein comparable to the U.S. economic policy management. One aim of Mexico's policy is to continue to attract foreign investment through controlling inflation, broadening the tax base through increased jobs and increased labor market, and keep down the national debt through government budget cuts. Conversely, Brazil's domestic economic policy has focused on social infrastructure improvements in combination with addressing an extreme level of international debt.

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The defining factor that separates these two countries is the fact that Mexico shares a border with the US and is therefore used as a major transit point for drugs as they work their way up into the US. This has meant that crime and drug cartels have shaped modern day Mexico far more than we can see in Brazil.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Brazil seems to be relatively at peace at the present time. Its military does not seem to be as massive and literally forceful a presence in the life of Brazil as is the military of Mexico a presence in Mexican society, which seems to be having troubles coping with the drug cartels that create so much violence within the country.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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At the moment, at least, Brazil is more of a leftist country than Mexico is.  The current president of Mexico is from the conservative PAN party whereas the leader of Brazil is a more leftist person, the protege of Lula.  Therefore, Mexico has tended recently to have more pro-business policies than those of Brazil.

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