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The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society$
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Alexander I. Gray and Antoni Kapcia

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031927

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031927.001.0001

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The Rise of the Private Sector in Cuba

The Rise of the Private Sector in Cuba

(p.65) 3 The Rise of the Private Sector in Cuba
The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society


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This chapter examines the rise of the private sector in Cuba during the 1990s. The emergence of the private sector or petty entrepreneurs was brought about by the collapse of the Soviet bloc, which led to both the loss of 80 percent of Cuba's foreign trade and a tightening of the U.S. blockade. These entrepreneurs played an important role in the production and distribution of goods and services in post-Soviet Cuba. However, their activities, economic dynamics, social objectives, and very existence contradict important aspects of the socialist direction toward which the Cuban economy is still firmly steered.

Keywords:   private sector, Cuba, entrepreneurs, Soviet bloc, foreign trade, U.S. blockade

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