The Politics of Modern Central America: Civil War, Democratization, and Underdevelopment (Hardback)
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The Politics of Modern Central America: Civil War, Democratization, and Underdevelopment (Hardback)

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Hardback 212 Pages / Published: 27/08/2012
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This book analyzes the origins and consequences of civil war in Central America. Fabrice Lehoucq argues that the inability of autocracies to reform themselves led to protest and rebellion throughout the twentieth century and that civil war triggered unexpected transitions to non-military rule by the 1990s. He explains how armed conflict led to economic stagnation and why weak states limit democratization - outcomes that unaccountable party systems have done little to change. This book also uses comparisons among Central American cases - both between them and other parts of the developing world - to shed light on core debates in comparative politics and comparative political economy. This book suggests that the most progress has been made in understanding the persistence of inequality and the nature of political market failures, while drawing lessons from the Central American cases to improve explanations of regime change and the outbreak of civil war.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521515061
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 19 mm


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'This book combines a deep knowledge of Central American countries with the theoretical perspectives of comparative politics and political economy.' William Keech, Duke University
'Fabrice Lehoucq has written a well-executed book of impressive theoretical scope and richness, putting to good use the comparative possibilities of the six Central American countries as he traces in concise but effective fashion developments in each country across recent decades, organized by his analytic focus on the causes of civil war, determinants of democratization, patterns of economic development, and the political economy of inequality. A careful and insightful scholar, Lehoucq demonstrates both a command of several cross-national quantitative literatures along with the in-depth understanding of the good area specialist.' Charles Brockett, University of the South
'An analysis of the politics of Central America that is up to date theoretically, methodologically, and substantively. Fabrice Lehoucq's masterful study of civil wars, democratization, and the challenges of democratic consolidation shows why this region belongs at the center of debates about comparative politics. If I were to recommend one book on modern Central America to my students, it would be this one.' James Mahoney, Northwestern University
"This book combines a deep knowledge of Central American countries with the theoretical perspectives of comparative politics and political economy." - William Keech, Duke University
"Fabrice Lehoucq has written a well-executed book of impressive theoretical scope and richness, putting to good use the comparative possibilities of the six Central American countries as he traces in concise but effective fashion developments in each country across recent decades, organized by his analytic focus on the causes of civil war, determinants of democratization, patterns of economic development, and the political economy of inequality. A careful and insightful scholar, Lehoucq demonstrates both a command of several cross-national quantitative literatures along with the in-depth understanding of the good area specialist." - Charles Brockett, The University of the South
"An analysis of the politics of Central America that is up to date theoretically, methodologically, and substantively. Fabrice Lehoucq's masterful study of civil wars, democratization, and the challenges of democratic consolidation shows why this region belongs at the center of debates about comparative politics. If I were to recommend one book on modern Central America to my students, it would be this one." - James Mahoney, Northwestern University
The past 30 years of political, social, and economic history of Central America provides Lehouq with the empirical foundation to test three broader theoretical concerns of contemporary comparative politics: why civil wars happen; why political systems democratize; especially in the aftermath of a civil war; and what the impact of economic development is on democratic consolidation... His clearly written, cogently argued, ad analytically rigorous work will appeal to both Latin Americanists and comparativists more broadly, and belongs in strong academic libraries" -J.A. Rhodes, Luther College, CHOICE

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