A NEW DEFENSE POLICY FOR COSTA RICA: CONSTRUCTING REALITY AND THE POLICY AGENDA

Jennie K. Lincoln, Pat Lauderdale

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Abstract

This paper examine5 the policymaking progress in Costa Rica, specifically the creation of a new item for the governmental agenda. This new agenda challenges the traditional Itno army” policy of Costa Kica. Following a brief historical overview of the traditional policy, the paper considers the role of specific factors that promote structural conduciveness for the new “defense” policy and the attendant transformation of political symbols and definitions. The impact of the definitional and organizational changes on the implementation stage of policy is explored. This article suggests the importance of studying the role of hegemony in the construction and transformation of political and cultural definitions, an explication of deci‐ sionmaking as well as nondecisionmaking processes, and the influence of external and internal threats on nation‐state dependency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-229
Number of pages10
JournalReview of Policy Research
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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