From Havana to Quito: Understanding Economic Reform in Cuba and Ecuador (2016)

Cuba and Ecuador are very different countries, but they share a common history and are politically linked by principles of the progressive Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) bloc. They are also engaged in quite distinct processes of political economic reform. In brief, Cuba is cautiously expanding its commercialisation while Ecuador is expanding its public sector. But there is more to it than that. Continue reading “From Havana to Quito: Understanding Economic Reform in Cuba and Ecuador (2016)”

Las Clavellinas (Caracas): Community reconstruction in Venezuela (2015)

Short documentary on the ‘Socialist Victory’ community of Las Clavellinas (Caracas, Venezuela), made up of 18 communal councils. A tribute to the social democratic legacy of the late Hugo Chávez. Continue reading “Las Clavellinas (Caracas): Community reconstruction in Venezuela (2015)”

Island Socialism: Cuban Crisis and Structural Adjustment (2002)

This paper summarises the political economy of the Cuban revolution, then analyses the impact of the COMECON collapse, the unique measures of Cuban structural adjustment in the 1990s, and the outcomes and new challenges for the Cuban political economy. It concludes that the Cuban experience identifies a viable alternative means for an independent state to deal with and stabilise severe external economic crisis, and that the reformed Cuban collective institutions have been strong enough and have sustained sufficient public support to withstand this crisis. Continue reading “Island Socialism: Cuban Crisis and Structural Adjustment (2002)”