Latin American Democracies: Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela

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Latin American Democracies: Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela

By John A. Peeler
University of North Carolina Press, 1985
193 pp. $24.00
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The comparative success of Costa Rica, Colombia and Venezuela in achieving orderly democratic polities raises interesting and significant questions, well treated here. Explanations of course depend on specific political conditions as well as on economic and social factors, but the author assigns primary credit to the "spirit of accommodation" between key political sectors, to pacts of accommodation between rival elites.