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Transnational Politics in Central America$
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Luis Roniger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036632

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036632.001.0001

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Distinct Paths of Development and the Cold War Transnational Spillover

Distinct Paths of Development and the Cold War Transnational Spillover

(p.103) 9 Distinct Paths of Development and the Cold War Transnational Spillover
Transnational Politics in Central America

Luis Roniger

University Press of Florida

This chapter analyzes how the isthmian states fully developed their institutional distinctiveness and distance from one another which had happened by the twentieth century. The chapter indicates how this process of divergence was reversed under the impact of the cold war. While a central argument of this book is that these states could not and did not completely disengage from one another's affairs and internal developments, by the twentieth century Central American state development was highly differentiated as states consolidated their hold and increasingly followed distinctive institutional paths. As analyzed in this chapter, the crystallization of the new states did not preclude at first overlapping territorial claims, a trend evident in the high measures of influence that the political class of each state continued to exercise in the neighboring countries.

Keywords:   isthmian states, twentieth century, cold war, internal developments, Central American state

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