Response to an experiment: the Sandinista model of socialism and the US policy towards it

dc.contributor.authorHeinisch, Reinharden
dc.contributor.committeechairLuke, Timothy W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberRich, Richard C.en
dc.contributor.committeememberShingles, Richard D.en
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:49:56Zen
dc.date.adate2012-11-17en
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:49:56Zen
dc.date.issued1987-08-15en
dc.date.rdate2012-11-17en
dc.date.sdate2012-11-17en
dc.description.abstractThe current policy of the Reagan administration is designed to overthrow the Sandinist system in Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan revolution has produced a fascinating model of Socialism, in which the Sandinistas are trying to combine elements of pragmatic Marxism, Catholic humanism and revolutionary nationalism. In the first three years after the revolution, the Sandinist government was fairly successful and the country made enormous social and political progress. In 1983 Nicaragua entered a severe systemic crisis, which has been aggravated by the economic and military policy of the Reagan administration. This paper argues that the US counter strategy is based upon a number of contradictions and inconsistencies inherent in the Sandinist system. The main targets of the US strategy are the social accomplishments that provided the FSLN's popularity among the rural population, as well as the middle-class upon whose co-operation the success of the Sandinista model depends. The US strategy consists of three components: a) economic sanctions, b) overt and covert military threat, and c) additional supportive policy measures. This paper is a preliminary analysis offering suggestions and direction for future research.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
dc.format.extentv, 141 leavesen
dc.format.mediumBTDen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.otheretd-11172012-040202en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-11172012-040202/en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/45795en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartLD5655.V855_1987.H446.pdfen
dc.relation.isformatofOCLC# 17240942en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1987.H446en
dc.subject.lcshDemocracyen
dc.subject.lcshNicaragua -- Economic conditions -- 1979-en
dc.subject.lcshNicaragua -- Economic policyen
dc.titleResponse to an experiment: the Sandinista model of socialism and the US policy towards iten
dc.typeThesisen
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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