Corruption in Cuba: Castro and Beyond by Sergio Díaz-BriquetsCorruption in Cuba: Castro and Beyond by Sergio Díaz-Briquets

Corruption in Cuba: Castro and Beyond

bySergio Díaz-Briquets, Jorge Pérez-López

Paperback | October 1, 2006

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While Fidel Castro maintains his longtime grip on Cuba, revolutionary scholars and policy analysts have turned their attention from how Castro succeeded (and failed), to how Castro himself will be succeeded—by a new government. Among the many questions to be answered is how the new government will deal with the corruption that has become endemic in Cuba. Even though combating corruption cannot be the central aim of post-Castro policy, Sergio Díaz-Briquets and Jorge Pérez-López suggest that, without a strong plan to thwart it, corruption will undermine the new economy, erode support for the new government, and encourage organized crime. In short, unless measures are taken to stem corruption, the new Cuba could be as messy as the old Cuba.

Fidel Castro did not bring corruption to Cuba; he merely institutionalized it. Official corruption has crippled Cuba since the colonial period, but Castro's state-run monopolies, cronyism, and lack of accountability have made Cuba one of the world's most corrupt states. The former communist countries in Eastern Europe were also extremely corrupt, and analyses of their transitional periods suggest that those who have taken measures to control corruption have had more successful transitions, regardless of whether the leadership tilted toward socialism or democracy. To that end, Díaz-Briquets and Pérez-López, both Cuban Americans, do not advocate any particular system for Cuba's next government, but instead prescribe uniquely Cuban policies to minimize corruption whatever direction the country takes after Castro. As their work makes clear, averting corruption may be the most critical obstacle in creating a healthy new Cuba.

SERGIO DÍAZ-BRIQUETS is Executive Director of the Council for Human Development. JORGE PÉREZ-LÓPEZ is Director of Monitoring at the Fair Labor Association, a collaborative effort among companies, civil society organizations, and universities to improve working conditions in factories around the world.
Title:Corruption in Cuba: Castro and BeyondFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:303 pages, 8.92 × 5.97 × 0.72 inShipping dimensions:8.92 × 5.97 × 0.72 inPublished:October 1, 2006Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292714823

ISBN - 13:9780292714823


Table of Contents

  • List of Tables and Figure
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Corruption and Transitions
  • Chapter 2. The Nature of Corruption and Its Consequences
  • Chapter 3. Roots of Corruption in Cuba
  • Chapter 4. Determinants of Corruption in Socialist Cuba
  • Chapter 5. Corruption in Socialist Cuba
  • Chapter 6. The Early Transition and Corruption
  • Chapter 7. Averting Corruption in the Long Term
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index