Costa Rica: Politics, Economics, & Democracy by Bruce M. Wilson
Transition to democracy
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for obtaining legal, financial or tax advice from a professional. We enjoy reading about the characteristics of Costa Rica that make it an attractive location for us to spend time in retirement, including how it has had no military for the last 70 years , and how it is consistently named as a top retirement destination. Costa Rica has received another distinction that continues to make us comfortable with investing our time and money there, and to spend time in our upcoming digital nomad phase once our younger child goes to college in less than a year. The Economist has been publishing for 11 years their index of countries and where they stand on the spectrum of governing with a democracy, identifying countries as Full Democracy, Flawed Democracy, Hybrid Regime or Authoritarian Regime. Each country is rated on 60 indicators and then scored across 5 categories on a scale of 1 — 10, and given a final score between 1 and Costa Rica joins Uruguay as the only Latin American countries to score full democracy.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica suffered an interruption in its march toward democratic, civilian-controlled government. His administration was also impeded by the refusal of the U. This experiment in dictatorship was not repeated, and Costa Rica continued its tradition of democratic elections and orderly government. A literacy test for voters was adopted in and the secret ballot in Some thought the coalition went too far when it tried to prevent the seating of the president-elect, Otilio Ulate, a Social Democrat. Figueres led the country for 18 months.