Handbook of Central American Governance, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0203073142
  • ISBN-13: 9780203073148
  • DDC: 320.9728
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 440 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released February 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Central America constitutes a fascinating case study of the challenges, opportunities and characteristics of the process of transformation in today's global economy. Comprised of a politically diverse range of societies, this region has long been of interest to students of economic development and political change. The Handbook of Central American Governance aims to describe and explain the manifold processes that are taking place in Central America that are altering patterns of social, political and economic governance, with particular focus on the impact of globalization and democratization. Containing sections on topics such as state and democracy, key political and social actors, inequality and social policy and international relations, in addition to in-depth studies on five key countries (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala), this text is composed of contributions from some of the leading scholars in the field. No other single volume studies the current characteristics of the region from a political, economic and social perspective or reviews recent research in such detail. As such, this handbook is of value to academics, students and researchers as well as to policy-makers and those with an interest in governance and political processes.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.

Handbook of Central American Governance.

Title Page.

Copyright Page.


List of illustrations.

Editors and contributors.

Prologue: Central America: modernizing backwardness.


1: Introduction: Central America's Triple Transition and the Persistent Power of the Elite.

Development and Income (re)Distribution.

2: The Great Transformation in Central America: Transnational Accumulation and the Evolution of Capital.

3: Central American Migration, Remittances and Transnational Development.

4: Natural Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Challenges in Central America.

5: The distribution of income in Central America.

6: Social Policy in Central America: Stubborn Legacies, Positive yet Limited Change.

Democratization and the State.

7: Advancing the Study of Stateness in Central America: Methodology and some illustrative findings.

8: Authoritarian and Democratic Regimes in Central America.

9: Institutional Legitimacy in Central America: 2004–10.

10: Central American (High) Courts.

11: The Central American Military: Building Democratic Control in Post-Conflict Societies.

12: Drug-trafficking and Governance in Central America.

Key Political and Social Actors.

13: Political Parties: The Right.

14: Political Parties: The Left.

15: The Transformation of Central American Economic Elites: From Local Tycoons to Transnational Business Groups.

16: Social Movements in Central America.

17: Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Social Movements in Central America.

International Relations.

18: Central America's Relations with the United States of America.

19: Central America's Relations with Latin America.

20: Regional Integration in Central America.

21: The Role of International Financial Institutions in Central America.

Country Experiences.

22: Costa Rica.

23: El Salvador.

24: Guatemala.

25: Honduras.

26: Nicaragua.