Political Competition, Constitutional Arrangements, and the Quality of Public Policies in Costa Rica

  title={Political Competition, Constitutional Arrangements, and the Quality of Public Policies in Costa Rica},
  author={Fabrice Edouard Lehoucq},
  journal={Latin American Politics and Society},
  pages={53 - 77}
  • F. Lehoucq
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Political Science
  • Latin American Politics and Society
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