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Democracy And Socialism In Sandinista Nicaragua, Gary Prevost, Harry E. Vanden Jan 1993

Democracy And Socialism In Sandinista Nicaragua, Gary Prevost, Harry E. Vanden

Government and International Affairs Faculty Publications

Moving beyond Cold War rhetoric and stereotypical views of Third World Marxism, the authors convincingly argue that the democratic tradition and practice that was emerging in socialist Nicaragua could well serve as a model for other Third World states. They analyze concepts of democracy and the ideology of the FSLN and show that the Sandinista movement is not in any way stock Marxist-Leninism. Instead, this nationalist variant of Third World Marxism is—like most others—a function of indigenous realities.Vanden and Prevost demonstrate that Nicaragua has seen the establishment of at least three different forms of democracy: popular, participatory ...