Breaking Apart

Luis Roniger

in Transnational Politics in Central America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036632
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038834 | DOI:
Breaking Apart

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This chapter analyzes the political and economic foundations of distinct state development in the region. The chapter aims to provide hindsight on the process led by the balkanized states to develop as discrete nations. The ways in which states develop hinge in crucial ways on their institutional capacity to intervene in society, regulating political associational space and the flow of material and human resources, raising taxes, distributing benefits, regulating markets, and controlling the use of natural resources. High-capacity governments are effective in this regard, while low-capacity governments may try to carry out these functions, but they have little effect. The political and economic foundations of state construction are thus crucial as we assess the capacity of the Central American states to establish viable strategies of institution building and governance in the region.

Keywords: balkanized states; natural resources; discrete nations; High-capacity governments; low-capacity governments

Chapter.  5581 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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