January 11th, Sharon Lean, Political Science, Associate Professor, "Accountability Institutions in Mexico" ABSTRACT: In Mexico and in many other countries in Latin America, the 1990s and 2000s witnessed the creation of numerous autonomous state agencies designed (ostensibly) to improve democratic governance. These agencies focus on specific issues (access to information, human rights, elections) and are structurally disaggregated from central ministries as independent administrative authorities. My research asks: Do these new agencies improve governance? Do they help to consolidate or advance democracy? How effective are these agencies in protecting and promoting citizen's rights?