SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INSTABILITY IN COSTA RICA: PRE‐CONDITIONS FOR MILITARIZATION?

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Abstract

Controversy continues to surround the issue of militarization in Costa Rica. On one side, claims are made that external forces such as the Reagan administration or other foreign powers have created the recent period of social and economic instability in order to militarize Costa Rica and extend military influence in Central America. On the other hand, it has been argued that some of these external agents are simply offering aid to their Costa Rican friends during a period of social and economic instability. Similar contentions suggest that Costa Rica is only protecting itself from its neighbor to the north, Nicaragua, or that the present move toward militarization is only the professionalization of the police force. This paper examines some of the conditions that promote militarization in Costa Rica and explores moral, economic, and political issues related to the militarization of a country that has pursued a “no army” policy for almost forty years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-244
Number of pages9
JournalReview of Policy Research
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1986
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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