Cuba in the 1970s: Pragmatism and Institutionalization

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Carmelo Mesa-Lago is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and has been a visiting professor, researcher or lecturer in 40 countries. He is the author of 82 books and 275 articles/chapters published in seven languages in 34 countries; his most recent is Reassembling Social Security: A Survey of Pension and Healthcare Reforms in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2008). Mesa-Lago has worked in all Latin American countries and several in the Caribbean, as well as in Germany, Egypt, Ghana, Philippines and Thailand, as a regional advisor for ECLAC, a consultant with the ILO, the International Social Security Association, PAHO, UNRISD, UNDP, and other U.N. branches, as well as most international financial organizations (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), and national and foreign foundations. A former President of the Latin American Studies Association, he has been awarded: the inaugural ILO International Prize on Decent Work  (shared with Nelson Mandela), the Alexander Von Humbolt Stiftung Senior Prize and collaborative research grants, two Fulbright Senior Awards, Arthur Whitaker and Hoover Institution Prizes, University of Pittsburgh Senior Research Prize, Annual Recognition from the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, homage from OISS and CISS (for life work on social security), homage from the Institute of Cuban Studies and journal Encuentro (for life work on Cuba), and finalist in Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize on Social Sciences. He is a Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and of editorial boards of seven academic journals, and has received grants from the Ford, Heinz, Kellogg, Mellon, Reynolds, Rockefeller, Tinker and Inter-American Foundations, SSRC, NSF,  Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, Japan Foundation and US-Spain Commission for Academic Exchange. Choice have selected several of his books as "outstanding."

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"The most informative study that I have seen on the subject: sober, carefully prepared, and always well backed by evidence... a really powerful piece of writing" (Sir Hugh Thomas, Historian, author of Cuba or the Pursuit of Freedom, 1973).

"Mesa-Lago has, once again, enriched our understanding of the Cuban revolutionary process. He shows that it is possible to perform effectively the intellectual role of criticism of the Cuban revolution and, at the same time, to empathize with the process under examination. No one can begin to understand the far-reaching changes in Cuba in the 1970s without the always stimulating guidance of this book" (Jorge Domínguez, Professor of Government and International Affairs Harvard University, Hispanic American Historical Review, 1975).

"This is the most concentrated, condensed and valuable 150 pages of writing on Cuba between 1960 and 1975 that I have yet come upon. For the scholar about to disembark on Cuba, the one indispensable book is Mesa-Lago's" (Irving Louis Horowitz, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, Studies in Comparative International Development, 1975).

"The author fulfills the task he has set for himself admirably.... has substantiated his major arguments and conclusions skillfully and effectively, has scoured the available sources thoroughly, and has pieced together a coherent and well organized synthesis" (Archibald Ritter, Professor of Economics, Carleton University, Hispanic American Historical Review, 1980).

"Mesa-Lago's account is broad and, as always, contains many new features so far  unknown to a wider public. He is able to build in new information into the appropriate context. For anyone following Cuban affairs this book is a must" (Heinrich Brunner, Economist Osteuropa-Institut, Free University of Berlin, Caribbean Studies, 1974).

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