This book examines the first seven years of Omar Torrijos's military government, with particular attention to its efforts to build political institutions appropriate to the dynamics of class relations within Panama and the country's evolving dependency on the United States.
1. Introduction 2. The 1960s Crisis of Hegemony and the Emergence of the Torrijos Regime 3. Demobilization and Incorporation of a Shanty Community: The Case of San Miguelito 4. The Politics of Agricultural Reform 5. Institutionalization of the Revolution: A New National Constitutional Structure 6. Local Participatory Structures: The Community Boards 7. Conclusion