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Electing Cuba’s National Assembly Deputies: Proposals, Selections, Nominations, and Campaigns

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Peter Roman

City University of New York, US
About Peter

Roman is professor at Hostos Community College and the Graduate Center,  City University of New York. His main areas of research are the local, provincial,  and national components of representative government in Cuba. His most recent publication is ‘The National Assembly and Political Representation’, edited by  Max Azicri and Elsie Deal, Cuban Socialism in a New Century, University Press of  Florida, 2004; and ‘The Lawmaking Process in Cuba’, Socialism and Democracy,  38, Vol. 19, No. 2, July 2005. He is currently engaged in a study of participation  and governability in Cuba. He is on the editorial board of the journal Socialism and  Democracy. 

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Abstract

Giving credence to the Cuban concept of democracy and taking into account the unique characteristics of the Cuban candidate selection and composition of the Cuban National Assembly, noncompetitive elections and a one party system do  not necessarily translate into an undemocratic  electoral process. The electoral process for municipal assembly delegates shows that open nominations and competitive elections are not incompatible with Cuban socialism and Cuba’s goals of participation, involvement and representation.  

Resumen: Eligiendo a los diputados a la Asamblea Nacional de Cuba: Propuestas, Selecciones, Nominaciones y Campañas

Reconociendo el concepto cubano de democracia  y tomando en cuenta las características únicas de  la selección de candidatos en Cuba y de la composición de la Asamblea Nacional cubana, de las  elecciones no competitivas y del sistema unipartidista, no se traduce necesariamente en un proceso  electoral no democrático. El proceso electoral  para elegir a los delegados a la asamblea municipal muestra que las nominaciones abiertas y las  elecciones competitivas no son incompatibles con  el socialismo cubano y los objetivos cubanos de  participación, compromiso y representación.  

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.9640
How to Cite: Roman, P. (2007). Electing Cuba’s National Assembly Deputies: Proposals, Selections, Nominations, and Campaigns. ERLACS, (82), 69–87. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.9640
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Published on 15 Apr 2007.
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