Cuban Socialism at 60: Old Aspirations and New Realities

  • Ricardo Torres Pérez
  • Claes Brundenius


Few revolutions have had such an impact in modern times as the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Numerous publications (books, articles, and dissertations) have been written about it. Opinions about it  have diverged. The revolution has been an inspiration for many, contested and even detested by others. In 1961, the Cuban Revolution took a radical turn when Fidel Castro declared that the revolution was socialist and parliamentary elections were no longer on the agenda. This chapter is a review of major events, and turning points, in the life span of the now 60-year-old revolution. After the death of legendary and uncontested leader Fidel Castro, the island is confronted with a serious of problems and challenges—not least with a huge democratic deficit.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo Torres Pérez
    • 1
  • Claes Brundenius
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of the Cuban Economy, Economics DepartmentUniversity of HavanaHavanaCuba
  2. 2.Lund School of Economics and ManagementLund UniversityLundSweden
  3. 3.UNU-MERITMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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