On Cuban Political Exceptionalism
Comparative politics is a curious field of academic endeavor. It is about detecting commonalities between political processes that are in many of the most fundamental respects unique. All political histories are exceptional, but the political history of Cuba is so to an exceptional degree, as is demonstrated here. This chapter seeks to place current discussions about the foreseeable demise of the Castro regime, and alternative post-Castro scenarios, in a broader historical and comparative perspective. The objective is to explore the implications of Cuban political exceptionalism and not to essentialize it. Such an exploration is intended to broaden the repertoire of resources for thinking about possible post-Castro and even postcommunist transition scenarios. It should not be expected to generate any highly predictive conclusions, since an exceptionalist tradition can develop in multiple directions.
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