The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America

The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America

by James Mahoney
     
 

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Mahoney (sociology, Brown U.) argues that the liberal reform period in Central America in the 19th and early 20th centuries comprised crucial actor choices that profoundly influenced future political development in the region by establishing certain directions of change and foreclosing others. The different decisions about modernization made then, he finds, led to the… See more details below

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Mahoney (sociology, Brown U.) argues that the liberal reform period in Central America in the 19th and early 20th centuries comprised crucial actor choices that profoundly influenced future political development in the region by establishing certain directions of change and foreclosing others. The different decisions about modernization made then, he finds, led to the very different regimes in the several countries by the middle of the 20th century.

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Gerardo Munck University of Illino Urbana-Champaign
Mahoney presents a bold and multilayered argument that links developments across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, supported through a systematic comparative analysis of all five Central American countries. The Legacies of Liberalism is the most important book on Central America written in the last ten years, an ambitious and important work that will have a significant impact on debates in a number of fields.
Perspectives on Politics - Kenneth M. Roberts

Few scholars are bold enough to try to explain 150 years of political development in five different countries, and even fewer succeed at such an ambitious undertaking. James Mahoney admirably pulls off such a feat in his masterful study of post independence political evolution in Central America... His work is to be commended not only as a seminal study of Central American politics, but also as a major contribution to scholarly understanding of critical junctures and path-dependent political development.

Social Forces - William Canak

A clearly written and insightful monograph, sociologists interested in comparative history will find this a rewarding read... Legacies of Liberalism makes an important contribution to the literature on national development, Latin American political economy, and comparative historical theory.

Governance - Juliet Hooker

[Mahoney's] comparative historical analysis of political development in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua makes a number of significant contributions. His systematic cross-case comparison is impressive in its breadth.

Latin American Research Review - Paul Gootenberg

A provocative work of historical sociology... Mahoney's book is built around a bold thesis about nineteenth-century economic liberalism as the region's 'critical [historical] juncture.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801871054
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/16/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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