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Assessing the transition to democracy

This timely book explores to what degree democracy has taken root in El Salvador, and to what extent the country can strengthen democratic, civilian-controlled government institutions.

The authors highlight a number of key questions: Does the electoral process allow for a fair and impartial reflection of the popular will? Is U.S. policy aiding the cause of democracy—or strengthening an all-powerful military? And can peace last without progress on human rights and economic growth that ameliorates the country's widespread poverty?


Bland, G. (1992). Assessing the transition to democracy. In JS. Tulchin, & G. Bland (Eds.), Is there a transition to democracy in El Salvador Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.