Understanding Central America

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-22
  • Publisher: Westview Pr
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The fifth edition ofUnderstanding Central Americaexplains how domestic and global political and economic forces have shaped rebellion and regime change in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. John A. Booth, Christine J. Wade, and Thomas W. Walker explore the origins and development of the regionrs"s political conflicts and its efforts to resolve them. Covering the regionrs"s political and economic development from the early 1800s onward, the authors provide a background for understanding Central Americars"s rebellion and regime change of the past forty years. This revised edition brings the Central American story up to date, with special emphasis on globalization, evolving public opinion, progress toward democratic consolidation, and the relationship between Central America and the United States under the Obama administration, and includes analysis of the 2009 Honduran coup drs"eacute;tat. A useful introduction to the region and a model for how to convey its complexities in language readers will comprehend,Understanding Central Americastands out as a must-have resource. Contents 1. Crisis and Transformation 2. Global Forces and System Change in Central America 3. The Common History 4. Costa Rica 5. Nicaragua 6. El Salvador 7. Guatemala 8. Honduras 9. Political Participation, Political Attitudes, and Democracy 10. Power, Democracy, and U.S. Policy in Central America 11. Reflections and Projections

Author Biography

John A. Booth is Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. Christine J. Wade is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International studies at Washington College. Thomas W. Walker is professor of political science and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Ohio University. He is the author of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle, Fourth Edition (2003, Westview).

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrationsp. ix
Preface to the Fifth Editionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of Acronymsp. xv
Crisis and Transformationp. 1
Global Forces and System Change in Central Americap. 15
Poverty and Its Causesp. 17
Regime Change in Central Americap. 28
Discussionp. 42
The Common Historyp. 47
Conquest to 1838p. 47
1838 to the Presentp. 51
Costa Ricap. 61
Historical Backgroundp. 62
Weathering Global Forcesp. 65
The Economic Development Model Transformedp. 69
Changes in Politics and Partiesp. 72
Contemporary Costa Rican Politicsp. 75
Conclusionsp. 77
Nicaraguap. 81
Historical Backgroundp. 81
Global Forces and Insurrectionp. 84
The Revolutionp. 88
Replacing the Revolutionp. 97
Contemporary Nicaraguan Politicsp. 102
Conclusionsp. 107
El Salvadorp. 111
Historical Backgroundp. 111
Global Forces and Insurrectionp. 114
Government and Politics Since the Peace Accordp. 126
Conclusionsp. 133
Guatemalap. 135
Historical Backgroundp. 135
Global Forces and Conflictp. 139
The Civilian Transitional Regime and the Civil Warp. 144
The Peace Accords and Contemporary Guatemalan Politicsp. 148
Conclusionsp. 156
Hondurasp. 159
Historical Backgroundp. 159
Weathering Global Forcesp. 163
Contemporary Honduran Politicsp. 171
Conclusionsp. 177
Political Participation, Political Attitudes, and Democracyp. 181
Citizen Participationp. 182
Citizen Attitudesp. 191
Factors Shaping Attitudes and Participationp. 198
Conclusionsp. 205
Power, Democracy, and US Policy in Central Americap. 211
The Problem of Powerp. 212
Democracyp. 213
Mobilizationp. 215
The Roots of US Policy in Central Americap. 219
Communism in Central Americap. 222
Demobilization in Central Americap. 225
US Policy in the Post-Cold War Periodp. 233
Conclusionsp. 239
Reflections and Projectionsp. 243
Relections: Repression, Mobilization, and Democratic Transitionp. 243
Projections: Prospects for Democratic Consolidationp. 248
Conclusionsp. 263
Appendixp. 267
Notesp. 279
About the Authorsp. 325
Indexp. 327
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