Fronteras No Mas examines the range of officials, n-government organizations, networks and remaining organizational vacuums that span the U.S. - Mexico border. Since NAFTA, more binational institutions and policies have emerged around the environment, business, and the labor force. This 'institutional shroud' facilitates the growth of civil society, yet cross-border organizing remains a challenging and complex version of local politics. Residents live and work within a region of vast ecomic inequalities and markedly different governments. The authors offer a civic blueprint on ways to enhance cooperation, given the almost certain future of increased interdependence in this North American space.
KATHLEEN STAUDT is Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Texas El Paso. She is the author of ten books including Free Trade? Informal Economies at the U.S. - Mexico Border (Temple University Press, 1998). IRASEMA CORONADO is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso.