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The World Justice Project (WJP) is now undertaking a special project to measure the rule of law in Mexico. The study will be nationally representative, and will cover each of the country’s 32 states, including both urban and rural areas. While the conceptual framework will mirror that of the global WJP Rule of Law Index®, this project will be the WJP’s first subnational index, allowing for comparison across different regions of Mexico.

From Aguascalientes to Zacatecas, the WJP will conduct more than 25,000 face-to-face interviews with citizens (18 years and older) in each state to measure their perceptions of and experiences with the rule of law. Topics will include the perception of corruption, sense of security, access to justice, and experiences with the authorities. The WJP will also survey in-country professionals about the performance of each state and its legal framework.

Polling for both surveys will be conducted during the summer of 2017. As with the global index, respondent identities will remain anonymous, and survey answers will not be attributed to individual respondents, but will be aggregated at the state level. Based on the WJP’s conceptual framework used for the global index, the WJP will produce index scores for each state and rank them accordingly, highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of each state. This information will be published in a report to be launched in 2018.

The objective of this study is to provide original, impartial data about these topics to decision-makers and the public, increasing understanding and appreciation for the rule of law and informing and encouraging responsible, transparent policies that strengthen the rule of law.

The World Justice Project is an independent, multidisciplinary organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to advance the rule of law across the world. Since 2008, the WJP has published the annual WJP Rule of Law Index®, which reports on the ways in which people from around the world experience and perceive the rule of law in their daily lives.


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