Mar 11, 2012, 10:45 AM
Post #13 of 26
Alan, ALL of the Mexican states have the political divisions set by Federal law. It is something like this: Country >> state >> municipio.
States with lots of small-area municipios often, by state law, group contiguous, similar municipios into zonas. Since I don't live in one of these states, I haven't really studied the political implications of this grouping in the states that do it. Zonas appear to fall between the state and the municipio, e.g., >> state >> zona >> municipio, but whether it is a true political (elected governing body) division or just a convenient grouping making the governance of those areas easier for the state, I admit I don't know.
States with large-area municipios often, by state law, further sub-divide them into smaller units, each of which has a single village or town within the boundaries, e.g., >>state >> municipio >> sindicatura. These are called by various names, e.g., here in Sinaloa they are called sindicaturas, which are approximately the equivalent to the western U.S. "township". These sindicaturas elect one sindico, who then represents their interests in front of the governing body of the municipio, but who has no official political power above that level.
I know that other Mexican states with large-area municipios do something similar by state law but don't necessarily call those lesser sub-divisions sindicaturas, but it has been quite a while since I researched this, and now I discover that I have forgotten the other Mexican-Spanish names that they are called by.
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Mar 11, 2012, 11:09 AM)