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Cuba: Economic Reform and the Trajectory of Change

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

CUBA: Economic Reform and the Trajectory of Change

Dr. Adrian Hearn

6:00pm Thursday 2 June, 2011

Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

Since Raúl Castro’s accession to the Cuban presidency in 2008, his government has demonstrated sincere interest in market-oriented approaches to national development.

The April 2011 Communist Party Congress recognised the legitimacy of private property, while legislation approving small business development has strongly impacted the daily lives of ordinary Cubans. Modelled on a blend of domestic and foreign experiences, including the successful implementation of market reforms in China, the Cuban amendments harbour
the potential to stimulate growth, but also to aggravate inequalities.

The critical concern has therefore become how the state might harness its institutional capacities to optimize and guide economic performance. Based on interviews with Cuban policymakers, analysts, and entrepreneurs, this talk examines the trajectory of the island’s development and how the “China model” may be influencing its course.


Dr. Adrian H. Hearn is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow based at the University of Sydney, where he is conducting a study of China’s deepening engagement with Latin America. He is author of Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development (Duke
University Press 2008), The Politics of Trust: China’s Engagement with Cuba and Mexico (Duke University Press, forthcoming), and editor of China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory (Lynne Rienner 2011).

The lecture is followed by refreshments.  Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.


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