Cuban reforms do not threaten socialism, says research

Cuban youth: Picture courtesy of Havana Times

The reforms currently being undertaken by the Cuban government to increase the non-state sector and introduce market solutions do not threaten the socialist nature of the revolution, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Cuban Studies.

Professor Michael O’Sullivan of Brock University in Ontario, Canada, interviewed Cuban young people about their attitudes to the revolution, socialism and their future following the reforms announced by Cuban President Raúl Castro in 2010 and agreed by the Cuban Communist Party in April this year.

His findings conclude that the reforms are part of a continuing process of renewal of the revolution that has gone through four distinct phases since 1959 and is now entering its fifth:

“Each of these phases constitute a continuation of the historical process and does not constitute a rupture with that process,” says O’Sullivan. “The most obvious of the on-going characteristics is the socialist character of the country which is not threatened by creating a large non-state sector.”

‘Educated Cuban youth and the 2010 economic reforms: reinventing the imagined revolution’ is published in Volume 3 Number 4 of the IJCS.  To subscribe visit the journal website or join the International Institute for the Study of Cuba.