Results: Evaluation Level
Because Costa Rica was relatively stable politically and economically during this time period, it is difficult to tell how well each evaluation level would react to changing context, but the results I did find were encouraging because as circumstances remained stable, so did the evaluation level of each of the dimensions. The descriptive results of this showing the evaluation level of each dimension in 2004 compared to that of 2008 are shown in Figure 1 below.
While analysis of a longer period of time with more data points and changing political and economic circumstances would be necessary to more conclusively address this question, this study allows a preliminary exploration of this issue. It seems that for the most part, the metric reflects important changes, or the absence thereof, in legitimacy norms. This finding comports with my hypothesis that the evaluation levels will show little change over time given a stable context.