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Post-Colonial Institutions in Central America

Fogarty, Andrew
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Fogarty, Andrew
Advisor
Meng, Anne
Abstract
Why do otherwise very similar states develop different institutions? I investigate the determinants of state institutions using process tracing in five Central American states to uncover the causal mechanisms operating during post-colonial state building. I demonstrate that elite conflict drives the origins and persistence of institutions. Elite conflict has a differential impact on the information transmitted to rulers regarding the extent of their political power and forms preferences over institutions. This research uses processing tracing because it allows for a more fine grained within-case analysis on the origins of institutions and the validation of causal mechanisms than other methods.
Language
English
Date Received
20170427
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Foreign Affairs, MA (Master of Arts), 2017
Published Date
2017-04-29
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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