In recent decades, Costa Rican society has evolved and become less deferential. Thus, political arrangements that worked well in the past no longer meet the country’s needs.
About the Author
Fabrice Lehoucq is professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the author of Political Instability and Its Legacies: Regime Trajectories in Latin America (forthcoming).
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