Co-operativism and Local Development in Cuba

An Agenda for Democratic Social Change


Co-operativism and Local Development in Cuba consists of a series of pathbreaking essays on the role of co-operativism, and the new co-operatives, in the democratic transformation of Cuba and the government’s plan to update the model in the current context. The contributors are well-known specialists on Cuba, co-operativism and local development. With a shared concern for how an increased focus on co-operativism and local development can contribute to the updating of the Cuban model and the advance of socialism, the contributors to the book have placed an analysis of the issues involved in the broader context of the international co-operative movement and the ongoing capitalist development process in Latin America. Contributors include: Milford Bateman, Al Campbell, Grizel Donéstevez Sánchez, Cliff DuRand, Olga Fernandez, Julio C. Gambina, Camila Piñeiro Harnecker, Sonja Novković, Dayrelis Ojeda Suris, Gabriela Roffinelli, Frederick. S. Royce, Dean Sinković, Henry Veltmeyer, Marcelo Vieta.


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Biographical Note

Sonja Novković, PhD (1993), is Professor of Economics at Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Canada) and teaches in the Co-operative Management Education (CME) program. Recent publications include Co-operatives in a Post-growth Era: Creating Co-operative Economics (ZED Books, 2014). Henry Veltmeyer, PhD (1976), McMaster University, is Professor of Development Studies at Autonomous University of Zacatecas (Mexico) and Professor Emeritus in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada). He has authored and edited over 40 books on issues of Latin American development.

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables Notes on Authors Introduction 1. Building Alternatives Beyond Capital Julio C. Gambina and Gabriela Roffinelli 2. The Social and Solidarity Economy in Latin America Henry Veltmeyer 3. New Cooperativism in Latin America: Implications for Cuba Marcelo Vieta 4. The New Guidelines. Economic Changes and Its Political and Social Impact Olga Fernandez 5. Cooperatives in Socialist Construction Cliff DuRand 6. Cooperativism in Cuba Prior to 2012 Grizel Donéstevez Sánchez 7. Agricultural Production Cooperatives in Cuba: Toward Sustainability Frederick. S. Royce 8. Cuba’s Cooperative Sector and the Project of Deep Reforms Al Campbell 9. Cooperatives in Cuba’s New Socioeconomic Model: What Has Been Done and What Could Be Done? Camila Pineiro Harnecker 10. The Role of Cooperatives in Transforming Cuba’s Economy Sonja Novković 11. Supporting Cooperative Development in Cuba: Getting the Local Institutions Right Milford Bateman, Dayrelis Ojeda Suris and Dean Sinković Conclusion Index


All those interested in co-operatives and co-operative management, as well as Cuba, the political economy and sociology of development, and comparative economic systems.