Acuña - Alfaro, Jairo (2007). "Democratization and Human Development: How an idea on the former transformed the latter and challenged modernization theory in Central America" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

This paper argues that democracy should be considered a capability – a potentiality. This paper evaluates the effect of prescribing democracy as a remedy that contributes to cause advances in human development in Central America.