Arnold August: Are you an American going to Cuba?‏

Sep 23, 2015 by

Before your departure, I suggest that you procure my book, CUBA AND ITS NEIGHBOURS: DEMOCRACY IN MOTION. It deals with Cuba-US Relations, the concept of democracy, as well as democracy and elections in Cuba. See the Contents below to get an idea. The book can be procured through my web site:

Best, Arnold August

Part I Clearing the Cobwebs Around Democracy


Chapter 1. Democracy and U.S.-Centrism.


Democracy or Democratization?

Democratization from the Bottom Up: Occupying Public Spaces (2011–12


Chapter 2. Democracy in the U.S.


Birth of the U.S. and the American Dream

Foreign Policy Toward Its Neighbours and Democracy Promotion

Founding Fathers’ Heritage and Voter Turnout

Competitive Multi-Party Democratic Elections: Obama Case Study

Co-Optation and Individual Opportunism

The Credibility Gap

Obama’s First Experiences and Reactions

Obama’s Foreign Policy: The “New Face” and Cuba

Honduras: The “Reluctant Sheriff ”

The Occupy Movement: Breaking Out of U.S.-Centrism?

The November 2012 Elections and Obama


Chapter 3. Exploring Democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.


Venezuela: New Experiments in Participatory Democracy

Bolivia’s Democracy in Motion: On the Edge

Ecuador’s New Constitution: Sumak Kawsay and Participatory Democracy

ALBA, CELAC and U.S. Democracy Promotion


Part II Cuba: Constitutions, Elections and New States


Chapter 4. Participation in Constitutions, Elections and a New State (1868–1952).


Cuba’s First Homegrown Constitutions, Embryonic States and Elections (1868–98)

Cuba, U.S. Freedom of the Press and Military Intervention (1898)

U.S. Domination, Interference and Co-Optation vs. Democracy (1898–1952)


Chapter 5. Democracy, Elections and the New State.


A Rebellion Against Dogmatism of the Left and the Batista Dictatorship (1953)

Participatory Nineteenth-Century Republic in Arms Reborn (1957–58)

Lessons for Today from 1958: Grass-Roots Democracy vs. Elections,

Co-Optation, Dissidence

The Provisional Revolutionary Government and Constitution (1959)

Elections: Who Rejected Them?

Elections Analysis: Then and Now

Participatory Democracy and U.S. Frustrations

Democratization Through Mass Organizations and Participation

Initial Attempts to Establish Local Governments and Elections

Origins of the PCC: Yesterday and Today

Elections, New State Structure and Constitution (1970–76)


Part III Contemporary Cuba: The Test for Democratization


Chapter 6. The 2011–12 Communist Party Congress

and Conference: Democratization and the Press.


Democratization Through People’s Control and the Press

Opening the Debate

The 2011 Party Congress Deliberations: Input and People’s Control

The Dialectics of Discrepancies and Consensus: Democracy in Motion

Congress Guidelines: Application and People’s Participation

The 2012 PCC Conference and the Press: Trials and Tribulations

Participatory Democracy, the Press and Social Scientists

Capitalism, Socialism and Cuba’s Errors


Chapter 7. Elections in Contemporary Cuba.


The Cuban Electoral Process: An Overview

The Soviet Political Model: A Cuban Import?

The 1992 Constitutional Reforms and Their Impact on Elections

Elections, Constitution and Political System

General Elections — First Phase: Municipal Elections


Voter Registration

Nominating Candidates for Elections to the Municipal Assemblies

The PCC in the Nomination Process

Debating the Improvement of Nomination Assemblies

Elections to the Municipal Assemblies

Analyzing Municipal Election Results

General Elections — Second Phase: The National ANPP

The Candidacies Commissions and Nominations

Improving the Candidacies Commissions

Elections to the ANPP

The Slate vs. Selective Vote: A Rejection of the Government?

One Candidate for Election per ANPP Seat: Talking Figures

Who Are the Deputies? Talking Quality

Composition of the ANPP

“Almost All Deputies Are Communist Party Members”

Elections: ANPP Officials, Council of State and Its President, Raúl Castro


Chapter 8. The ANPP and the Municipality: Functioning Between Elections.


Are Democratization and Revolutionary Leadership Compatible?

Who Legislates?

Case Study: Participation in Drafting the Social Security Bill

Unanimity in the ANPP

The ANPP and Cuba’s Foreign Policy

Municipal-Level Participation: Limits and Perspectives

Cuban Democracy: Representative or Participatory?

People’s Councils: Potential for Further Democratization

The Potential of the Local Level and Need for Enhanced Participation


Conclusion. The Future of Democratization: Facing the Tests.

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