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Emigration and Regime Stability: Explaining the Persistence of Cuban Socialism

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  • Bert Hoffmann

    (Deutsches Übersee-Institut)

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The ‘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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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0508005.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 09 Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0508005

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Keywords: Emigration; Regime Stability; Transnational Networks; Cuba; USA;

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  1. Poirine, Bernard, 1997. "A theory of remittances as an implicit family loan arrangement," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 25(4), pages 589-611, January.
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