State Creation and Democratization in Costa Rica and Guatemala

  • Alex Roberto HybelEmail author


This chapter strives to answer the following question: Why was Costa Rica markedly more successful than Guatemala at creating a legitimate state and a democratic regime even though the two states are near neighbors in the Central American isthmus, the Spaniards began to colonize each region during the first half of the sixteenth century, and both colonies gained their independence at approximately the same time? To answer the question, this chapter identifies the challenges each state encountered, from the beginning of independence to the present, as each one sought to consolidate the power of the state and form its own political regime.


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  1. 1.Marina del ReyUSA

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