Christian Democratic administrations confront the Central American caldron: Presidents Jose Napoleon Duarte of El Salvador and Marcos Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo of Guatemala
AuthorLangevin, Mark Steven, 1960-
KeywordsChristian democracy -- Central America.
El Salvador -- Politics and government -- 1979-1992
Guatemala -- Politics and government -- 1985-
El Salvador -- Politics and government -- 1992-
AdvisorWilliams, Edward J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis thesis posits that Christian Democracy arose in Central America because of its emphasis on basic reforms and social justice, and that its messianic appeal and charismatic leadership propelled it to national political power in El Salvador and Guatemala. The study continues by examining the presidencies of Napoleon Duarte of El Salvador and Vinicio Cerezo of Guatemala, concluding that their economic, political, and foreign policy agendas did not resolve the basic social conflicts which fuel both countries civil wars and economic crises. The findings of the study indicate that these Christian Democrats' alliances with their countries' armed forces and their inability to tap the potential of the movement's messianic, reformist vigor, prevented their administrations from ending the political violence and achieving a national unity capable of launching equitable development.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Latin American Studies