This study challenges several widely held assumptions about Central American economic integration, arguing that the key to understanding the failure of the integration program lies in neither advanced economic nor regional integration theory, but in the domestic politics of the states involved.
1. The Origins of the Integration Movement 2. The Role of ECLA and the United States 3. The Development Goals of the Central American Elites 4. Balanced Growth 5. The San Jose Protocol 6. The Soccer War 7. Reconstruction: 1969–1978 8. Conclusions