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Learning Democracy

Author : Leslie E. Anderson
ISBN : 0226019748
Genre : Political Science
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Historically, Nicaragua has been mired in poverty and political conflict, yet the country has become a model for the successful emergence of democracy in a developing nation. Learning Democracy tells the story of how Nicaragua overcame an authoritarian government and American interventionism by engaging in an electoral revolution that solidified its democratic self-governance. By analyzing nationwide surveys conducted during the 1990, 1996, and 2001 Nicaraguan presidential elections, Leslie E. Anderson and Lawrence C. Dodd provide insight into one of the most unexpected and intriguing recent advancements in third world politics. They offer a balanced account of the voting patterns and forward-thinking decisions that led Nicaraguans to first support the reformist Sandinista revolutionaries only to replace them with a conservative democratic regime a few years later. Addressing issues largely unexamined in Latin American studies, Learning Democracy is a unique and probing look at how the country's mass electorate moved beyond revolutionary struggle to establish a more stable democratic government by realizing the vital role of citizens in democratization processes.

Social Capital In Developing Democracies

Author : Leslie E. Anderson
ISBN : 9781139485913
Genre : Political Science
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Drawing on extensive field work in Nicaragua and Argentina, as well as public opinion and elite data, Leslie E. Anderson's Social Capital in Developing Democracies explores the contribution of social capital to the process of democratization and the limits of that contribution. Anderson finds that in Nicaragua, strong, positive, bridging social capital has enhanced democratization while in Argentina the legacy of Peronism has created bonding and non-democratic social capital that perpetually undermines the development of democracy. Faced with the reality of an anti-democratic form of social capital, Anderson suggests that Argentine democracy is developing on the basis of an alternative resource – institutional capital. Anderson concludes that social capital can and does enhance democracy under historical conditions that have created horizontal ties among citizens, but that social capital can also undermine democratization where historical conditions have created vertical ties with leaders and suspicion or non-cooperation among citizens.


Author : Thomas W. Walker
ISBN : 9780813350394
Genre : History
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Nicaragua: Emerging from the Shadow of the Eagle details the country's unique history, culture, economics, politics, and foreign relations. Its historical coverage considers Nicaragua from pre-Columbian and colonial times as well as during the nationalist liberal era, the U.S. Marine occupation, the Somoza dictatorship, the Sandinista revolution and government, the conservative restoration after 1990, and consolidation of the FSLN's power since the return of Daniel Ortega to the presidency in 2006. The thoroughly revised and updated sixth edition features new material covering political, economic, and social developments since 2011. This includes expanded discussions on economic diversification, women and gender, and social programs. Students of Latin American politics and history will learn the how the interventions by the United States—the “eagle” to the north—have shaped Nicaraguan political, economic, and cultural life, but also the extent to which Nicaragua is increasingly emerging from the eagle's shadow.

The Latin Americanist

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ISBN : UTEXAS:059173022112115
Genre : Latin America
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Author : David Close
ISBN : 1555876439
Genre : History
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In 1990, Nicaraguans replaced the Sandinista regime with the conservative government of Violeta Chamorro - a term of office marked by constitutional, economic, partisan and social conflict. Close examines these conflicts and assesses their impact on Nicaragua's political actors and institutions.

Latin American Politics And Society

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ISBN : UTEXAS:059172149382925
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ISBN : UOM:49015003117364
Genre : Academic libraries
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Latin American Research Review

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ISBN : UCSD:31822036699916
Genre : Electronic journals
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An interdisciplinary journal that publishes original research and surveys of current research on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Varieties Of Electioneering

Author : Taylor Chase Boas
ISBN : UCAL:C3511540
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Consolidating Mexico S Democracy

Author : Jorge I. Domínguez
ISBN : 080189252X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 2006, Felipe Calderón narrowly defeated Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico's hotly contested presidential election. Mexico's 2006 presidential race demonstrated the importance of contested elections in democratic consolidation. Consolidating Mexico's Democracy is at once a close examination of this historic election and an original contribution to the comparative study of elections throughout the world.The contributors to this volume -- preeminent scholars from the fields of political science and government -- make use of extensive research data to analyze the larger issues and voter practices at play in this election. With their exclusive use of panel surveys -- where individuals are interviewed repeatedly to ascertain whether they have changed their voter preference during an election campaign -- the contributors gather rich evidence that uniquely informs their assessment of the impact of the presidential campaign and the voting views of Mexican citizens.The contributors find that, regardless of the deep polarization between the presidential candidates, the voters expressed balanced and nuanced political views, focusing on the perceived competence of the candidates. In only the second time since the Mexican government allowed fully free and competitive presidential elections, the essays here suggest the 2006 election edged the country closer to the pattern of public opinion and voting behavior that is familiar in well-established democracies in North America and Western Europe.

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