Coffee and Democracy in Modern Costa Rica by Anthony Winson

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By Anthony Winson

Costa Rica has taken a direction considerably diversified from different critical American republics. a particular, non-revolutionary, improvement version.

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6. 7. See Murdo J. MaeLeod, Spanish Central America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973), eh. 6G-1. 80. 92. 27. 172-3 ,177. 75. Estate Economy in Costa Rica 8. 9. 10. 11. 12 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 33 In an earlier paper, Moretzsohn de Andrade argued the former position, while more recently Hall and Cardoso have disputed his thesis . See ibid. and F. Moretzsohn de Andrade, 'Decadencia do Campesinato Costarriqhenho' Revista Geografica no. 9. 88. 141. 192. 192.

Further aggravating growers' costs were the monopolistic rates they were charged for the transport of their coffee to the coast and the use of port facilities by the US banana monopoly owning these facilities. By 1940the Coffee Institute was protesting to the President about the monopolistic rates charged to producers, which it noted were some 400 per cent per kilometre more than rates charged Colombian producers, despite the fact that the railway in the latter country traversed much more difficult terrain.?

A further consideration of the last point is in order at this time. 4 COFFEE, POLITICS AND THE LIBERAL STATE With the organisation of coffee production and its export to European markets came new political structures in Central America , 24 Coffee and Democracy in Modern Costa Rica which might be most accurately termed modernising dictatorships. Especially in the northern countries, these relatively centralised and interventionist States were basically a political expression of the need of a coffee bourgeoisie , in formation' to free up land and labour power so that coffee cultivation could be organised on an extensive and rational basis.

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