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The undermining of the Sandinista Revolution
Prevost, Gary.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiv, 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Reprinted (with new preface and minor alterations)"--T.p. verso.

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F1528 .U6 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In Democracy and Socialism in Sandinista Nicaragua (CH, Jun'93), Vanden (Univ. of South Florida) and Prevost (St. John's Univ., MN) assessed Sandinista popular organizations, the party, the government, and the elections of 1984 and 1990. Here, the same editors in five chapters take stock of the legacy of the Sandinista project after six years of counterrevolution under the Chamorro administration (1990-96). Prevost offers a sobering overview of repealed reforms, while Vanden traces partisan politics in the aftermath of the Sandinistas' 1990 electoral defeat. Others focus on the dire consequences of structural adjustment policies for living standards and the particularly severe impact of counterrevolution on women. About the only bright spot is the increased autonomy of popular organizations of women, peasants, workers, and neighborhoods. The book, while assuming some familiarity with context, is sufficiently clear and straightforward in style and content to aid undergraduates in updating and deepening their knowledge of Central America and the Sandinista revolution. Although it highlights issues of revolution and counterrevolution, its broader themes reflect the retrenchment of social reforms as neoliberal market policies harness nations to the global capitalist economy. Academic readers, all levels. A. B. Cochran; Agnes Scott College

Table of Contents

The Status of the Sandinista Revolutionary ProjectGary Prevost
Democracy Derailed: The 1990 Elections and AfterHarry E. Vanden
Structural Adjustment and Resistance: The Political Economy of Nicaragua under ChamorroRichard Stahle-Sholk
Nicaragua's Transition of State Power: Through Feminist LensesCynthia Chavez Metoyer
The Evolution of the Popular Organizations in NicaraguaPierre M. LaRamee and Erica G. Polakoff