Responding to Crisis at the Grass Roots
This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the effects on civil society of the Cuban state's necessary adaptation to the effects of various changes in the 1990s, including the economic crisis and external political pressures. This book aims to provide a framework for discussion and a possible reconceptualization of the whole question of civil society within a political system whose long-standing characteristic has been the juxtaposition of a high level of centralization with remarkably high levels of grass-roots participation. It also investigates the dynamics of Cuban civil society's relationship with the state in the midst of the profound and destabilizing changes produced by the challenges of the 1990s and beyond.
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