This study examines the political processes that affected the reconfiguration of the economic elite in Nicaragua during the 1980s and 1990s, and documents the changing patterns of relations between businessmen and the State after the return to power of Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in 2007. Based on documents and interviews with representatives of COSEP, the Government and NGOs, this article traces the rise and fall of the factions of the traditional elite during the Sandinista Revolution and analyzes the impact of market reform on emerging dynamics during the post-revolutionary transitions that followed. These experiences help explain the new strategy of the business sector of sustained negotiation and collaboration with the government after the re-election and growing political dominance of Ortega.
Spalding, RJ (2017). Entrepreneurs and the post-revolutionary State: The reordering of elites and the new collaboration strategy in Nicaragua. Yearbook of Central American Studies , 43 , 149-188. https://doi.org/10.15517/aeca.v43i0.31556