Bert Hoffmann

Transitions from Charismatic Rule: Theories of Leadership Change and Cuba’s Post-Fidel Succession

GIGA Working Paper, No. 56, August 2007

Abstract
For theories of political succession and charismatic authority, the almost half‐century long rule of Fidel Castro presents an extraordinary test case since Fidel in July 2006 handed over power ‘temporarily’ to his deputy and brother Raúl. On the background of Max Weber’s work on charismatic rule, the paper analyzes the way in which the Cuban leadership has responded to the succession question and identifies four aspects in which it differs from the succession problems typically attributed to charismatic rule: Cuba’s longstanding exceptionalism regarding the ‘second man’ behind the leader; the succession during the life‐time of the leader with a sui generis modus of ‘cohabitation’ between the outgoing and the incoming leader; the routinization of charisma which domestically allows a bureaucratic succession model with the Communist Party, rather than any individual, being postulated as Fidel Castro‘s heir; and as a correlate to the latter, the ritual transmission of Fidel’s charisma to a heir beyond the nation‐state, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, as the new charismatic leader to continue Fidel Castro’s universal revolutionary mission.

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Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

Leitung GIGA Berlin Büro
Senior Research Fellow

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann ist Senior Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Lateinamerika-Studien, Leiter des GIGA Berlin-Büros und Professor für Politikwissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin. Er ist Verfasser zahlreicher wissenschaftlicher Publikationen zur politischen und wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung Kubas.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Katrin Hansing / Bert Hoffmann

The return of racial inequalities: assessing the re-stratification of Cuban society

Latin American Politics and Society, forthcoming

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Cuban Society: Becoming More Unequal, Connected and Diverse

in: Philip Brenner / Marguerite Rose Jiménez / John M. Kirk / William M. LeoGrande (eds.), A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution Under Raúl Castro, 2nd ed., London: Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming

Sven Creutzmann / Bernd Hoffmann

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München: Frederking & Thaler, 2019

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¿Una nueve Cuba en gestación? Política y Sociedad en la era post-Castro

in: Francesc Fàbregues / Oriol Farrés (eds.), Anuario Internacional CIDOB 2019, CIDOB , 2019, 242-249