Radical, Reformist and Aborted Liberalism: Origins of National Regimes in Central America

  title={Radical, Reformist and Aborted Liberalism: Origins of National Regimes in Central America},
  author={James Mahoney},
  journal={Journal of Latin American Studies},
  pages={221 - 256}
  • J. Mahoney
  • Published 2001
  • Political Science, Geography
  • Journal of Latin American Studies
During the twentieth century, the countries of Central America were characterised by remarkably different political regimes: military-authoritarianism in Guatemala and El Salvador, progressive democracy in Costa Rica and traditional-authoritarianism in Honduras and Nicaragua. This article explains these contrasting regime outcomes by exploring the agrarian and state-building reforms pursued by political leaders during the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century liberal reform period. Based on… Expand
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