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By Juan J. López

With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, international coverage analysts and diplomacy students anticipated communist Cuba to suffer transitions to democracy and to markets as had the japanese ecu countries of the previous Soviet bloc. yet greater than a decade after the autumn of the Berlin Wall, Castro is still in strength, without signal that the Cuban govt or economic system is relocating towards liberalization. In Democracy Delayed, political scientist Juan López deals a looking out and special research of the standards in the back of Cuba's failure to liberalize.

López starts off through evaluating the political platforms of 3 jap eu states―the former German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia, and Romania―with that of Cuba, in an effort to establish the diversities that experience allowed Castro to keep up his carry over the govt. and the economic climate. López additionally indicates a number of the stipulations selling switch, together with the improvement of civil society teams in Cuba, and discusses why a few U.S. guidelines aid the opportunity of democratization in Cuba whereas others prevent it. whereas the Catholic Church in Poland and the Protestant Church in East Germany fostered switch, the Catholic Church in Cuba has no longer taken a defiant stance opposed to authoritarianism yet turns out as an alternative to be biding its time until eventually Castro is out of the image. In end, López argues political transition in Cuba is feasible even below the govt of Fidel Castro. a few invaluable stipulations were lacking, however it is feasible that U.S. regulations may perhaps lay the foundation for democratic charge.

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