Examining the patterns of Central American politics over the last twenty years demonstrates vividly the importance of situating NGOs within their broader social and economic context. In this region, which has been shaken by war, revolution, and deep-seated economic crisis, the inadequacies of apolitical approaches to development work are apparent. The impact of development projects on civil society cannot be assessed without looking at how civil societies differ across time and space.

Civil Society, Mass Organization, National Guard, Agrarian Reform, Central American Country
Institute of Political Economy

Macdonald, L. (1997). State and Civil Society in Central America. In Supporting Civil Society (pp. 29–59). doi:10.1007/978-1-349-25178-0_2