Economic reforms and the deficit of democratic legitimacy in Honduras

Jose Cuesta

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For the last decade Honduras underwent two critical developmental processes, that
is, the consolidation of its democracy and a comprehensive program of economic reforms.
Both processes achieved only relative progress resulting in a persistent crisis of
democratic legitimacy and the need for a second wave of profound economic reforms to
be implemented in the next fifteen years. Contrary to most conventional analyses, this
paper explores the impact that economic reforms have had upon the democratic
consolidation process in Honduras. The hypothesis is that economic reforms shape
democratic consolidation to the extent that affect the socio-economic inclusion and State’s
capacities to carry out nationally desired policies. These channels are analysed and
compared with the role that political factors have had in the process of legitimisation. It is
found that traditional political practises and subsequent unfinished political transitions
have had a major and more substantial role than economic reforms in explaining political
dissatisfaction and democratic delegitimisation. This in turn causes a higher pressure on
structural reforms to deliver ‘economic goods’ if democracy is to further consolidate in the
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002

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