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Gender and Democracy in Cuba$
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Ilja A. Luciak

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030630

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030630.001.0001

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The Cuban Political System

The Cuban Political System

Competing Visions of Democracy

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(p.37) 3 The Cuban Political System
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Gender and Democracy in Cuba
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Iija A. Luciak

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813030630.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the political system in Cuba. The Cuban government was often subject to opposing arguments and opinions. The US and a number of European governments consider Cuba as a communist dictatorship while several governments in Africa, Latin America, and Asia view Cuba as a worthy model. Cuba, while insisting on the democratic nature of their political system, acknowledges the fact that their government is devoid of the typical characteristics of the Western-style democracy. The Cuban government puts an emphasis on the substantive nature of the revolutionary process which paved the way for excellent health-care and education facilities and criticizes the formal, representative government which focuses on competitive elections and neglects social and economic democracy. To provide a better understanding of the Cuban political system, the chapter traces the development of the Cuban system of government from a system purely based on revolutionary legitimacy to a political system that seeks to emulate some of the features of the representative type of government. This chapter also examines the role played by the Cuban Communist Party, discusses pluralism and assesses the current state of the Cuban civil society.

Keywords:   political system, Cuba, Cuban government, Cuban political system, democracy, Cuban Communist Party, pluralism, Cuban civil society

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