Faculty Book: Peter Roman
People's Power: Cuba's Experience with Representative Government, Updated Edition
(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003; 304 pp.)
People's Power—the only available detailed study of the Cuban parliamentary system—is a theoretical, historical and analytical account of representative government that has emerged in Cuba since the 1970s. By combining original research and extensive interviews with citizens and officials, Peter Roman illustrates how the Cuban model was built on theoretical foundations derived from Rousseau, Marx, and Lenin, and the historical precedents of the 1871 Paris Commune, the 1905 and 1917 soviets, and the pre- and post-Stalin years of the Soviet Union. Cuba's contributions to this legacy—the Organs of People's Power—include unique approaches to the nomination and election of municipal assembly delegates and National Assembly deputies, to citizen input and participation, and to the role of the Communist Party. Peter Roman is professor of political science at The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: NOV 11, 2003