The Fall and Rise of the Market in Sandinista Nicaragua

Phil Ryan

Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995.


This work concerns the political economy of Sandinista Nicaragua. It examines the ideological development of the Sandinistas and the manner in which their initial ideological outlook interacted with a variety of domestic and international constraints to generate a strategy of wide-reaching social change --political, economic, and ideological--, upon taking power in 1979. The "assault on the market" is used as an organizing theme to examine Sandinista strategy in such areas as state organization, agrarian reform, and relations with the private sector. The work also explores the contradictions and tensions generated by policies, and by the interaction of these policies with constraints such as war and external debt. Many of the dilemmas that emerged during the Sandinista experience are related to those that other socialist countries have faced.

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