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Nicaragua : Navigating the Politics of Democracy (Hardcover) (David Close)

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Close presents this treatise on the recent political situation of Nicaragua spanning four regime changes of 1979, 1984, 2000, and 2011. The first chapter gives a brief outline of the contents and the changes, including the continuous involvement of the individual Daniel Ortega. The book lays out analytical concepts regarding regime change, then lays the foundation of Nicaraguan politics from independence in 1821 to the Sandinista revolution of 1979. The four ensuing regimes then receive a chapter each, characteristic two steps toward democracy and two steps away from it, and the pressures that encouraged each step to occur. In the last chapter, Close compares and contrasts Nicaragua with the countries of Hungary, Russia and Venezuela in terms of failing to consolidate progress toward democracy, and draws out lessons for societies wishing to preserve democratic governance. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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