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During the first three decades of the 2 0th century, Batllismo (a majority political movement sponsored by the Partido Colorado, headed by Jose Batlle y Ord6fiez) carried out an innovative project that laid the groundwork for a full Welfare State in Uruguay. A pioneer in the hemisphere and even in the world, Batllismo created the conditions for a society with a profound sense of equality and solidarity, combining an omnipresent State with an unlimited respect for institutions and political and individual liberty. The analysis of this process is relevant for contemporary Latin America and particularly for Cuba, where the search for equality and justice has been subordinated to authoritarian processes that put aside the respect for liberty and democracy. The old spirit of Batllismo may be useful to think about a future transition in the Cuban case.
Cuban Research Institute
Arts and Humanities
Martin, Leonardo, "Equality with Democracy: The Batilist Project in Uruguay as an Alternative to the Cuban Model" (2018). Cuban Research Institute Events. 409.
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