Modern Panama : from occupation to crossroads of the Americas / Michael L. Conniff, San Jose State University, California ; Gene E. Bigler, Independent Scholar, Stockton, California
- Introduction to modern Panama -- The 1980s: a halting transition toward democracy -- The Endara Administration: civilians learned to prevail -- The Perez Balladares Administration: return of the PRD -- The Moscoso Administration: millennial transitions -- The Torrijos Administration: uneven progress spread discontent -- Panama's Canal: better than ever -- The Martinelli Administration: trouble in boom times -- The Varela Administration: toward a more humane society -- Conclusions.
- "Few have a complete understanding of the recent history of Panama, markedly since the signing of the Carter- Torrijos Treaty in 1977. Although the treaty set the stage for the country to finally control all of its territory, little is known about how Panama has fared, both as a manager of a major waterway and as a sovereign nation in a unique region. Authors Michael Conniff and Gene Bigler seek to fill this major gap in Latin American history with Modern Panama, a thorough account of the recent political and economic developments in Panama. Despite the country's continued struggle with political corruption, Conniff and Bigler argue that changes since the turnover of the Canal have been largely positive, and Panama has emerged into the twenty-first century as a stable, functioning democracy with a growing economy, improved Canal management, and a higher standard of living."
- 9781108476669 hardcover alkaline paper, 110847666X hardcover alkaline paper, 9781108701198 paperback alkaline paper, and 1108701191 paperback alkaline paper
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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