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Fall 2004


The idea of “good governance” embraces the concept that economic success is inextricably linked to democratic and just governance. This essay explores how Cuba fares in light of good governance standards. At the outset, an overall observation is appropriate: if one considers the traditional criteria, to talk about Cuba and good governance might simply be an impossible task-- indeed an oxymoron--if we use as the starting point of analysis the existing definitions of governance. Therefore, in order to engage this thesis, I will deconstruct the idea of good governance into two parts--processes and outcomes. First, I explore the theoretical origins, meaning, and characteristics of good governance in relation to development. Second, I examine the state of governance in Cuba in light of Cuba's position as a high human development state. I conclude by interrogating the validity of the presumed linkages between good governance and development in light of Cuba's development position.