Emigration and Regime Stability: Explaining the Persistence of Cuban Socialism
AbstractThe ‘Cuban safety-valve theory’ explains sustained survival of Cuban socialism in part through the high levels of emigration, following Hirschman’s model of ‘exit’ undermining ‘voice’. The article argues that this remains insufficient in two important ways. Taking a closer look at the crisis years since 1989, at least as important as the opening of exit options was the Cuban state’s capacity to rein in uncontrolled emigration and to reassure its ‘gatekeeper role’. In addition, the transnationalization of voice and exit must be taken into account as a crucial factor, as much in feeding the regime’s anti-imperialist discourse as, paradoxically, by generating sustained economic support from the emigrants.
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- Bert Hoffmann, 2005. "Emigration and Regime Stability: Explaining the Persistence of Cuban Socialism," Public Economics, EconWPA 0508005, EconWPA.
- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
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- NEP-HIS-2006-05-13 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-PBE-2006-05-13 (Public Economics)
- NEP-TRA-2006-05-13 (Transition Economics)
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