By Linda O. Fuller
Unlike the typical photograph of Cuba as a totalitarian dictatorship, Linda Fuller argues that, as Cuban socialism has matured, vital democratic advances even have been made. Tracing the trail of reform within the sector of office democracy in Cuba over the past thirty years, she compares the growth of staff' keep an eye on after 1970 with the location within the Sixties. The query that publications this comparability is complicated in addition to debatable: What may the democratization of labor really entail? the writer addresses it via in-depth interviews with Cuban employees, basic records, and an in depth examine various associations, together with unions, the celebration, administration and making plans structures, and criticism committees. Fuller additionally examines how and why adjustments towards larger democratization of labor happened in Cuba. She techniques this query via a old research of the politics of institutionalizing socialism in Cuba. the foremost to this historical past isn't really, as has frequently been argued, Castro's character, the Soviet Union, or perhaps the worldwide political financial system. fairly it may be present in the connection among the country's political leaders and the mass of Cuban electorate within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, a courting not like those who constructed in so much different socialist international locations. Linda O. Fuller is Assistant Professor of Sociology on the collage of Oregon.
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Work and Democracy in Socialist Cuba by Linda O. Fuller