The recently concluded 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) produced little by way of surprises. The tone was set by the First Secretary when he suggested that a slow and steady course, with little deviation, should be the guiding principle of the Congress. It is with this in mind that one should consider one of the principal documents that was produced by the 7th PCC Congress, the 'Conceptualisation of the Cuban socio-economic socialist development model' ("Conceptualización del modelo económico y social Cubano de desarrollo socialista"), which is intended to complement the Guidelines (Lineamientos) of the 6th PCC Congress, and provide the theoretical foundation for its further implementation. Adopted in principle, the Conceptualización serves to answer the question: what sort of theoretical model will guide the development of Socialism in Cuba. The Conceptualización is of particular interest for its potential divergence from the construction of Chinese post-Soviet Socialist Market theory within the context of socialist modernization.
These two distinct views of socialist modernization deserve some attention, if only because of their potential influence within developing states whose relationship to the dominant normative framework of markets based globalization may not be entirely embedded within their social, economic and political systems.
To that end Flora Sapio and I offer some comments and analysis of the Concepotualización.
1. Introduction and text of Conceptualizacion.
2. Background Brief.
This post includes Larry Catá Backer's Comment to the Conceptualización. PowerPoints of this analysis may be accessed HERE. This analysis was first presented as part of an analysis of movements in Cuban Socialist theory for the 26th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, Miami Florida July 29, 2016.