Central America's unlikely route to liberal democracy may not have been perceived as leading to durable regimes. However, democracy has been resilient and even stable in Central America. Indeed, Central Americans, accustomed to being perceived as poor and unstable by their Mexican and South American brethren, have been smug about the locus of Latin America's ills being shifted to South America.
Liberalism Takes Root in Central America
Forrest D. Colburn, a Current History contributing editor, teaches at the City University of New York (CUNY) and at INCAE, the graduate management school based in Alajuela, Costa Rica. His most recent book is Latin America at the End of Politics (Princeton, 2002).
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Forrest D. Colburn; Liberalism Takes Root in Central America. Current History 1 February 2004; 103 (670): 74–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2004.103.670.74
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