Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)
versión On-line ISSN 0718-090X
SANTA-CRUZ, Arturo. Redefining Sovereignty, Consolidating a Network: Monitoring the 1990 Nicaraguan Elections. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2004, vol.24, n.1, pp. 189-208. ISSN 0718-090X. doi: 10.4067/S0718-090X2004000100008.
National elections are now international eventsand international election monitoring (IEM) an institutionalized practice in world politics that has partially redefined state sovereignty. This work is about a foundational case in the process of IEM's normalization: the 1990 Nicaraguan elections. For the first time ever, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and a myriad of non-governmental organizations monitored an electoral process in a sovereign country. I consider the Nicaraguan experience in light of the wider normative structure of the Western Hemisphere, which I argue, played an important role both in it and in IEM's eventual normalization
Palabras clave : International Election Monitoring; Sovereignty; Norms; Western Hemisphere; Idea; Latin America; Nicaragua.