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Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy$
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Al Campbell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044231

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044231.001.0001

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Medium- and Long-Range Planning in Cuba

Medium- and Long-Range Planning in Cuba

Historical Evolution and Future Prospects

(p.114) 4 Medium- and Long-Range Planning in Cuba
Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy

Elena Álvarez González

University Press of Florida

Elena Álvarez opens chapter 4 by presenting planning not as a matter of increasing macroeconomic efficiency (which Cuba believes planning in fact does), but rather, in the words of Che Guevara, as “the way of being of a socialist society.” Hence, it follows that Cuba will continue to use planning to manage its macroeconomy. On the other hand, given the universal agreement in Cuba that the roads to socialism tried before 1990 are no longer even options, it follows that a new planning process has had to be developed over the course of the Special Period. Taking into account its historical context, Álvarez describes the planning process that has developed as of today, but given that the new model for building socialism has not yet been fully elaborated, we can expect ongoing changes in planning procedures. The chapter ends on exactly this note, describing the primary challenges that planning must likely address given the salient problems in Cuba’s economy today.

Keywords:   Elena Álvarez, Cuba, Cuban, economy, Special Period, planning, socialism, 1990

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