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Title: Agroexports and Sandinismo : the political economy of social transformation in Nicaragua (1979-1990)
Author: Brown, Ed
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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This thesis is situated within recent debates concerning the nature of, and prospects for, alternative 'socialist' development strategies in the countries of the so-called Third World, and within the Latin American context specifically. It traces the experiences of the Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional (FSLN) in their attempts to instigate such a strategy in Nicaragua between 1979 and 1990. The study is primarily concerned with the economic dimension to those experiences and it explores in detail the factors which underlay the descent into economic crisis which characterised the revolutionary years in Nicaragua. Whilst taking into account the disruptive and costly (in both human and financial terms) effects of the Contra War and the incidence of the international economic crisis of the period, the study focuses on an evaluation of the evolution of the FSLN's economic strategies and policy decisions and the various changes in direction which occurred during the course of the 1980s, as the regime responded to the intensifying military conflict and the deepening economic crisis. More specifically, the study provides a detailed analysis of the rationale and performance of the economic and agrarian policies of the FSLN toward the all-important traditional agro-export sector of the economy. The study is placed in its historical and regional context through a detailed tracing of the origins of the dependence of the Nicaraguan economy upon the export sector, and the social relations which sustained the model of accumulation instigated, and the placing of the Nicaraguan experience within the economic and political crisis which beset the Central American region at the end of the 1970s from which it largely still has to emerge nearly fifteen years later.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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