By Enrique A. Baloyra, James A. Morris

At the present time, Castro's regime seems liable to breakdown. His govt can't bring the minimal quantities of foodstuffs guaranted in voters' rationing playing cards, and the achievements of the Revolution, together with fill employment, entry to schooling, and caliber future health caare, are more and more compromised. Amid the government's deterioration, questions abound approximately simply what's going to take place subsequent: will the fidelista regime finesse its survival or will a brand new order emerge in Cuba through the 1990s?"This anthology is an important contribution in that it updates our wisdom of Cuba and is helping to situate it in a broader ancient framework."--Rhoda Rabkin, writer of Cuban Politics"A balanced, satisfactory set of reviews that remove darkness from why Cuba has no longer but the trail of its erstwhile communist allies in japanese Europe and the Soviet Union, whereas examining the political, econimic, and social lines Cuba in crises is presently experiencing."—Edward Gonzalez, writer of Cuba less than Castro

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University of Miami, GSIS, 1985). 28. See Marcos A. : University of Miami, GSIS, 1989); and Migene González-Wippler, Santería: A Legacy of Faith, Rites, and Magic (New York: Harmony Books, 1989). Also, see Diana Gonzalez Kirby and Sara María Sánchez, "Cuban Santería: A Guide to Bibliographic Studies," Bulletin of Bibliography, vol. 47, no. 2 (1990), pp. 113-29; and their article, "Santería: From Africa to Miami via Cuba; Five Hundred Years of Worship," Tequesta 48 (1988), pp. 36-52. 29. Fidel Castro, Fidel and Religion: Castro Talks on Revolution and Religion with Frei Betto, trans.

5 That they are not themselves to blame for the collapse of socialism does not relieve them of a crisis of legitimacy nor of the necessity of reexamining their customary approach to economic organization and political participation. That they are not the only ones who can respond to these challenges with new and innovative ideas may be hard for Cuban leaders to imagine, but it may only complicate their own predicament. 6 Nothing about these conditions is really unique. 7 Page 6 Conflict and Change One important set of comparisons has to do with patterns of conflict and change in other regimes.

Is this because Cuba is irreducibly "different" and we continue to misunderstand the basic mechanism on which the fidelista regime has relied to manage political contradictions and resolve conflict over the past thirty years? Or is this because the operative factors that actually produce regime transitions have not come together in Cuba? This returns us to our point of departure: What is contemporary Cuba an instance of? The following chapters address this question from a variety of perspectives.

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