On Thursday 17 March 2016, the Oxford Mexican Society and the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) hosted a talk by Dr Miguel Basáñez, Mexican Ambassador to the USA at the new BSG building. The Ambassador talked about some of the insights of his most recent work, ‘A world of three cultures: Honour, Achievement and Joy’, published by Oxford University Press.
Prior to his appointment as ambassador, he was Professor of Values, Culture and Development at the Fletcher School of Tufts University and Director of Special Research and Educational Projects. In Mexico, he worked to expand democracy by introducing public opinion polls in the 1988 elections.
His career has been a combination of public service (1968-1988), opinion polling (1988-2008) and academia (1970-2015). In the public sector, Dr. Basáñez worked as Director General of opinion polling for the Office of the President, Chief of Staff for the Governor of the State of Mexico, Attorney General of the State of Mexico and Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Energy.
He was President of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), CEO of Market and Opinion Research (MORI) Mexico, Vice President of MORI International and President of the Global Quality Research Corporation.
In the academic arena, he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including The Struggle for Hegemony in Mexico, 1968-1980; The Pulse of the Presidential Terms: 20 Years of Crisis in Mexico; North American Trajectory: Trade, Politics and Values (with R. Inglehart); Human Beliefs and Values: A Cross-cultural Sourcebook Based on the 1999-2002 Values Surveys (with R. Inglehart). He has a Ph.D. in Political Sociology from the la London School of Economics.
Below are some photos of the event.