Edited by Pedro Monreal . Published 2002. ISBN 9781900039482
The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed significant changes in the economy of Cuba, but the 1990s was not a period of homogeneous change. The first half of the decade focused on obtaining the adjustments necessary to enable the country to overcome the profound economic crisis that had befallen it. In turn the second half of the decade was characterised by the reality and possibilities of economic recovery. In addition to resistance and survival the question of development was reintroduced into academic and policy debates. This volume is situated in that context of incipient debate and may well be the first academic text specifically written to assess the development perspectives of Cuba in the new conditions that prevail at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The overarching question is 'What comes after recovery? ' Each author deals with questions of immediate relevance to the Cuban economy and its recent past emphasis is placed on the implications for long-term prospects for development. This emphasis reflects the conviction that solutions to the challenge of development will require longer periods of analysis and different areas of focus than those which have hitherto served as the temporal and conceptual references for recent studies of the island's economy.