Arnoldo Alemán Takes on the NGOs: Antifeminism and the New Populism in Nicaragua

  title={Arnoldo Alem{\'a}n Takes on the NGOs: Antifeminism and the New Populism in Nicaragua},
  author={Karen Kampwirth},
  journal={Latin American Politics and Society},
  pages={133 - 158}
  • Karen Kampwirth
  • Published 1 July 2003
  • Political Science
  • Latin American Politics and Society
This article analyzes the campaign of Nicaraguan president Arnoldo Alemán (1997–2002) against organized competitors, what has been called his war against the nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs. Alemán's attacks on the NGO sector are shown to be consistent with the logic of the new populism in Latin America. At the same time, his choice of targets—prominent NGO figures who were often foreign-born and always female—must be explained with reference to the specifics of Nicaraguan civil society… 

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