The profile of Nicaragua’s economic elite. The limits of political influence during the presidency of D. Ortega

 
PIIS0044748X0025402-1-1
DOI10.31857/S0044748X0025402-1
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Affiliation: Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod
Address: Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod
Affiliation: Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod
Address: Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod
Journal nameLatin America
EditionIssue 5
Pages6-19
Abstract

The article studies the dynamics of Nicaragua’s economic elite which helps to define it and assess its ability to influence political process of the country. The analysis of the evolution of Nicaraguan big business reveals its high adaptability to ever-changing social conditions. As a result, the reaction of economic elite to the Sandinista revolution demonstrates its strategy and tactics concerning restructuring of the assets. The authors pay special attention to the Supreme Council of Private Enterprise (Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada, COSEP) which serves as a main representative of collective interests of the Nicaraguan capital. The article examines the relationship between the left-wing radical partisan Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, FSLN) and national elite as well. It has transformed from hostile confrontation at the end of 20th century to a tactical alliance in the 2010s. The article concludes with an analysis of existing tensions between Sandinistas and big business as well as the prospects for the transition of power in Nicaragua.

Keywordseconomic elites, Nicaragua, Sandinistas, big business, Daniel Ortega
Received10.12.2022
Publication date31.05.2023
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