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The Socialist ImpulseLatin America in the Twentieth Century$
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Charles D. Ameringer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033099

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033099.001.0001

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Tico Socialism

(p.136) 11 Costa Rica
The Socialist Impulse

Charles D. Ameringer

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses tico socialism of Costa Rica, which emerged shortly after the coffee economy arrived during the latter part of the nineteenth century. This new economy in Costa Rica allowed the elites to dominate the country even further. The chapter notes that the term “tico” was derived from the common use of the diminutive in speech as a form of politeness. One important figure discussed in the chapter is José Figueres Ferrer. He believed that he was a socialist, albeit a criollo socialist of the Tico variety. His thought was shaped by three influences. The first was the European social democracy, Aprismo, and the reforms and mixed-economy concepts of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal.

Keywords:   tico socialism, Costa Rica, coffee economy, Figueres Ferrer, socialist, social democracy, Aprismo, mixed-economy concepts, Franklin Roosevelt, New Deal

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