Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change

Editor/Author Booth, John A., Wade, Christine J. and Walker, Thomas
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Westview Press

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ISBN: 978-0-81-334958-9
Category: Social Sciences - Ethnic Studies
Image Count: 45
Book Status: Available
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Understanding Central America explains how domestic, global, political and economic forces have shaped rebellion and regime change in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras throughout their histories, during the often-turbulent 1970s and since. The text provides students a comprehensive coverage of Central America, political science, and international relations.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Tables and Figures
  • Preface to the Sixth Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Acronyms
  • MAP OF CENTRAL AMERICA
  • 1 CRISIS AND TRANSFORMATION
  • 2 GLOBAL FORCES AND SYSTEM CHANGE IN CENTRAL AMERICA
  • Poverty and Its Causes
  • Regime Change in Central America
  • Three Literatures on Regime Change in Central America
  • A Theory of Regime Change in Central America
  • Explaining Regime Change in Central America
  • Discussion
  • 3 THE COMMON HISTORY
  • Conquest to 1838
  • 1838 to the Present
  • 4 COSTA RICA
  • Historical Background
  • Weathering Global Forces
  • The Economic Development Model Transformed
  • Changes in Politics and Parties
  • Economic Policy
  • Contemporary Costa Rican Politics
  • Conclusions
  • 5 NICARAGUA
  • Historical Background
  • Global Forces and Insurrection
  • The Revolution
  • Replacing the Revolution
  • Contemporary Nicaraguan Politics
  • Conclusions
  • 6 EL SALVADOR
  • Historical Background
  • Global Forces and Insurrection
  • Government and Politics since the Peace Accord
  • Conclusions
  • 7 GUATEMALA
  • Historical Background
  • Global Forces and Conflict
  • The Civilian Transitional Regime and the Civil War
  • The Peace Accords and Contemporary Guatemalan Politics
  • The Economy
  • Contemporary Politics
  • Conclusions
  • 8 HONDURAS
  • Historical Background
  • Weathering Global Forces
  • Contemporary Honduran Politics
  • Conclusions
  • 9 POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, POLITICAL ATTITUDES, AND DEMOCRACY
  • Citizen Participation
  • Citizen Attitudes
  • Factors Shaping Attitudes and Participation
  • Conclusions
  • 10 POWER, DEMOCRACY, AND US POLICY IN CENTRAL AMERICA
  • The Problem of Power
  • Democracy
  • Mobilization
  • The Roots of US Policy in Central America
  • Communism in Central America
  • Demobilization in Central America
  • US Policy in the Post–Cold War Period
  • Conclusions
  • 11 REFLECTIONS AND PROJECTIONS
  • Reflections: Repression, Mobilization, and Democratic Transition
  • Projections: Prospects for Democratic Consolidation
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix
  • About the Authors