In this groundbreaking book, Arnold August explores Cuba's unique form of democracy, presenting a detailed and balanced analysis of Cuba's electoral process and the state's functioning between elections. By comparing them with practices in the U.S., Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, August shows that people's participation in politics and society is not limited to a singular, U.S.- centric understanding of democracy.
Through this deft analysis, August illustrates how the process of democratization in Cuba is continually in motion and argues that a greater understanding of different political systems teaches us to not be satisfied with either blanket condemnations or idealistic political illusions.
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About the Author
Arnold August is an author, journalist and lecturer living in Montreal. He is the author of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997-98 Elections (editorial José Martí). He has also contributed a chapter entitled 'Socialism and elections' for the volume Cuban Socialism in a New Century: Adversity, Survival and Renewal (University Press of Florida).
Table of Contents
PrefacePart 1: Clearing the Cobwebs Around Democracy 1. Democracy and U.S.-Centrism 2. Democracy in the U.S. 3. Exploring Democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia and EcuadorPart 2: Cuba: Constitutions, Elections and New States (1868-1976) 4. Participation in Constitutions, Elections and a New State (1868-1952) 5. Democracy, Elections and the New State 6. The 2011-12 Communist Party Congress and Conference: Democratization and the PressPart 3: Contemporary Cuba: The Test for Democratization 6. The 2011-12 Communist Party Congress and Conference: Democratization and the Press 7. Elections in Contemporary Cuba 8. The ANPP and the Municipality: Functioning Between Elections The Future of Democratization: Facing the Tests