How did Costa Rica become Central America's first successful democracy? How does Costa Rican democracy work? How does democracy survive despite regional turmoil, foreign intervention, and economic crisis? Beginning with Costa Rica's history within the Central American context, John Booth traces democratic development in Costa Rica through its insti
1 Latin American Democracy and Costa Rica -- 2 Contemporary Costa Rica in Central America -- 3 The Historical Development of Costa Rican Democracy -- 4 The Political Framework of Democracy -- 5 Social Structure and Civil Society -- 6 Political Participation -- 7 Political Culture -- 8 Political Economy in Transition -- 9 Costa Rica in the World -- 10 Analysis and Conclusions: Can Democracy Survive?