In a democracy, policymaking at the local level is a privileged space for citizen participation. But in autocracies like Cuba’s, the one-party regime takes control of social mobilization at every level.
Dr. Armando Chaguaceda is a Mexican scholar. He is currently a country analyst for the University of Gothemburg project, V-Dem, a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy. He is also a member of the Latin American Studies Association and of Amnesty International, both since 2009. Chaguaceda has taught at various universities, including: la Universidad de la Habana, la Universidad Iberoamericana, and la Universidad de Guanajuato. He specializes in the study of the process of democratization as well as relations between government and civil society in Latin America. Chaguaceda received his Masters in political science from la Universidad de la Habana and his Doctorate in History and Regional Studies from la Universidad Veracruzana.