The legacies of liberalism: path dependence and political regimes in Central America

  title={The legacies of liberalism: path dependence and political regimes in Central America},
  author={J. Mahoney},
  • J. Mahoney
  • Published 2001
  • Political Science, Economics
Despite their many similarities, Central American countries during the twentieth century were characterized by remarkably different political regimes. In a comparative analysis of Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua, James Mahoney argues that these political differences were legacies of the nineteenth-century liberal reform period. Presenting a theory of "path dependence," Mahoney shows how choices made at crucial turning points in Central American history established… Expand
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  • Political Science, Geography
  • Journal of Latin American Studies
  • 2001
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