“For readers well–versed in the history of Nicaragua since 1960, Wright offers rich insight into the Sandinistas’ conceptualization and reconceptualization of the revolution.”
Latin American Research Review
“An excellent basis for understanding the Nicaraguan Revolution primarily as a Sandinista revolution, this book is first–rate analysis. … A most readable and carefully constructed and argued thesis that provides a comprehensive overview of Nicaraguan political events since 1972. Highly recommended for all readers.”
W.Q. Morales, University of Central Florida, Choice
Even in the period following the electoral defeat of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in 1990, the revolution of 1979 continues to have a profound effect on the political economy of Nicaragua. Wright’s study, which is based on interviews with people from all walks of life—from government and party officials to academics and campesinos—as well as on the large volume of literature in both English and Spanish, focuses on the FSLN understanding of the relationships between the state, the party, and mass actors, and the nature of social classes. Wright considers the topics of agrarian reform, the development of mass organizations, the role of labor, and other aspects of the Nicaraguan political economy in order to assess their significance in theoretical as well as practical terms.
Bruce E. Wright, professor of political science at California State University, Fullerton, has visited Nicaragua in a number of capacities, ranging from being a member of a school construction brigade to Academic Representative in the United States of the Nicaraguan Institute of Economic and Social Research (INIES). More info →
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This volume of seven essays on the 1987 Nicaraguan constitution does not accept a priori the judgment that Latin American constitutions are as fragile as egg shells, easily broken and discarded if found to be inconvenient to the interests of the rulers. Rather, they are viewed as being central to understanding political life in contemporary Nicaragua. The perspectives of the analysts and their conclusions are not consensual. They prohibit glib and facile general conclusions.
Taking power in Nicaragua in 1979 as a revolutionary party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) was willing to put its fate in the hands of the Nicaraguan people twice, in 1984 and 1990. The party wrote a democratic constitution and then, remarkably, accepted the decision of the majority by relinquishing power upon its defeat in the 1990 election.
Throughout the 1980s, Barricada, the official daily newspaper of the ruling Sandinista Front, played the standard role of a party organ, seeking the mobilize the Nicaraguan public to support the revolutionary agenda. Beyond the Barricades, however, reveals a story that is both more intriguing and much more complex.