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RODRIGUEZ SOLANO, Pablo Augusto. Patriots, Educators, Entrepreneurs, or Bureaucrats? The Role Played by the First Civil Servants in the Creation of the Costa Rican State, 1821-1858. Rev. pueblos front. digit. [online]. 2017, vol.12, n.24, pp.98-135. ISSN 1870-4115.

This article discusses the way in which the creation of the Costa Rican institutional warp and weft has been understood based on a revision of the Weberian model of bureaucracy. It analyzes the specific characteristics of public employment in the first State offices, in order to decide whether or not it is appropriate to use the term “bureaucrat” in describing these first public officials. This document is based on the first research results of a project entitled “Creation of an Official Discourse on Bureaucracy and its Role in the Consolidation of the State through a Study of the Laws and Periodicals between 1839 and 1890,” presented at CIICLA (the Research Center on Latin American Identity and Culture), pertaining to the University of Costa Rica. This project aims to link the creation of the bureaucratic-administrative bodies of the emerging States in Latin America to the consolidation of their political structures and their discourse as nations.

Palabras llave : bureaucracy; civil servants; institutions; Costa Rica; Central America.

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