Regression through Transformation. Constitutional Involution in Mexico.

Since 2018, Mexico is passing through a radical process of political transformation. This paper explores the way in which a new power elite is predicating its distinctive views through constitutional change. Through the focal lenses of Bruce Ackerman’s influential theory on contemporary paths to constitutionalism, the new cycle of political and constitutional transformation ushered by the new government is put into test to ascertain if its narrative resembles the patterns of revolutionary constitutionalism or, to the contrary, is more in tune with preservationist strategies for constitutional change that the paper portrays as regression through transformation. This paper also aims at assessing contemporary constitutional erosion in Mexico by ascertaining if our current predicaments can be addressed by means of constitutional design and prescription, or to the contrary, by acknowledging that we are in the verge of a new understanding of the constitution and its role in modern politics.