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The Sandinistas and Nicaragua Since 1979

David Close, Salvador Martí i Puig, and Shelley A. McConnell, editors
The Sandinistas and Nicaragua Since 1979
ISBN: 978-1-58826-798-6
ISBN: 978-1-62637-160-6
2011/365 pages/LC: 2011011375
"A work of consistently high quality that reminds us of the importance for Latin America of the Sandinista Revolution and the necessity of continuing to focus on its ongoing legacy."—Gary Prevost, Journal of Latin American Studies

No me gustan mucho las antologías.... Sin embargo, esta colección de ensayos es realmente muy buena.... Este magnífico libro es coherente, sus capítulos son de igual calidad e importancia y proporcionan al lector mucha información sobre Nicaragua."—John A. Booth, Mesoamérica


How has the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) affected Nicaragua and its politics since the Sandinista revolution of 1979? Addressing this question, the authors offer a comprehensive assessment, discussing the country's political institutions and public policy, its political culture, and its leadership, as well as the FSLN as a political party. Their focus is on contemporary issues, but they also carefully sketch Nicaragua's history since 1979 to show the evolution of both the FSLN and the nation.


David Close is professor of political science at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. His previous publications on Nicaragua include Nicaragua: Politics, Economics, and Society and Nicaragua: The Chamorro Years. Salvador Martí i Puig is professor of political science at the University of Salamanca. His most recent book is Etnicidad, autonomía y gobernabilidad en América Latina, and he is also author of, among other works, Revolutíon enredada: Nicaragua, 1977-1996. Shelley A. McConnell is assistant professor of government at St. Lawrence University. Previously, she served as senior research associate director of the Americas Program at the Carter Center.


  • The Sandinistas and Nicaragua Since 1979—D. Close and S. Martí i Puig.
  • The FSLN and Sandinismo—S. Martí i Puig.
  • The Politics of Opposition—D. Close.
  • Political Culture—A. Pérez Baltodano.
  • A Politicized Judiciary—E. Martínez Barahona.
  • The Uncertain Evolution of the Electoral System—S.A. McConnell.
  • Regional Autonomy on the Caribbean Coast—M. González and D. Figueroa.
  • The Feminist Movement—K. Kampwirth.
  • Poverty Politics—R.J. Spalding.
  • The Politics of Land Reform—E. Baumeister.
  • The FSLN and International Solidarity—H. Perla Jr.
  • The Nicaraguan Exception?—S. Martí i Puig and D. Close.