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Learning Democracy: Citizen Engagement and Electoral Choice in Nicaragua, 1990-2001

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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.

"This is a work that makes the reader a better political scientist, telling a fine story in the process. Steeped in the voting behavior literature as it has developed during the last half-century in the United States, Learning Democracy also offers broader lessons having to do with how individuals struggle to make decisions when institutions are developing. A classic of how to do electoral analysis through time and polls, this book is likely to  likely to include people interested in voting behavior, democratic development, Latin American politics, and decision-making. It will serve as a model of how to do comparative research."--Bryan D. Jones, author of Politics and the Architecture of Choice

Synopsis:

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.

"This is a work that makes the reader a better political scientist, telling a fine story in the process. Steeped in the voting behavior literature as it has developed during the last half-century in the United States, Learning Democracy also offers broader lessons having to do with how individuals struggle to make decisions when institutions are developing. A classic of how to do electoral analysis through time and polls, this book is likely toand#160; likely to include people interested in voting behavior, democratic development, Latin American politics, and decision-making. It will serve as a model of how to do comparative research."--Bryan D. Jones, author of Politics and the Architecture of Choice

About the Author

Leslie E. Anderson is associate professor of political science at the University of Florida. She is the author of The Political Economy of the Modern Peasant. Lawrence C. Dodd is the Manning J. Dauer Eminent Scholar Chair in Political Science at the University of Florida. He is the author of Coalitions in Parliamentary Government and coeditor of seven editions of Congress Reconsidered.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Democratic Experiment in Nicaragua: An Introduction

Part I. Pathways toward Democracy: The Case of Nicaragua

Chapter 2. Foundations of Nicaraguan Democracy: Space, Class, and Party

Chapter 3. Embracing Electoral Choice: Political Discourse and the 1990 Campaign

Part II. Choice amidst Crisis: Public Opinion in 1990

Chapter 4. An Empirical Theory of Electoral Choice

Chapter 5. Citizen Attitudes in 1990: Candidates, the Economy, and the Regime

Chapter 6. The Voters Are Not Fools: Modeling the 1990 Presidential Election

Part III. Affirming the 1990 Choice: The 1996 and 2001 Elections in Context

Chapter 7. The Post-1990 Context: Democratic Foundations and Public Choice

Chapter 8. Reaffirming Citizen Choice: The 1996 and 2001 Elections

Chapter 9. Learning Democracy In and From Nicaragua: Concluding Perspectives

Appendix

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226019727
Subtitle:
Citizen Engagement and Electoral Choice in Nicaragua, 1990-2001
Author:
Anderson, Leslie E
Author:
Dodd, Lawrence C.
Author:
Anderson, Leslie E.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Nicaragua Politics and government 1990-
Subject:
Democratization - Nicaragua
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20050509
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 line drawings, 20 tables
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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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.

"This is a work that makes the reader a better political scientist, telling a fine story in the process. Steeped in the voting behavior literature as it has developed during the last half-century in the United States, Learning Democracy also offers broader lessons having to do with how individuals struggle to make decisions when institutions are developing. A classic of how to do electoral analysis through time and polls, this book is likely toand#160; likely to include people interested in voting behavior, democratic development, Latin American politics, and decision-making. It will serve as a model of how to do comparative research."--Bryan D. Jones, author of Politics and the Architecture of Choice

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