Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean

Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean


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The challenges faced by Commonwealth Caribbean democracies particularly in the past 20 years has forced a reckoning with how the Westminster model of government has served the needs of these small states. Crime, corruption and struggling economies operating in a globalised world have brought into sharp relief the threat to once-stable democracies.

Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean analyses Westminster governance in the post-independence Caribbean and reflects on the weaknesses of the model, the absence of a will to change despite the deficiencies and proposals for the way forward. Drawing on the contributions of distinguished scholars, prominent serving politicians and a sitting prime minister, the book offers a critical review of the state of Caribbean constitutions and a frank discussion of whether these small states can weather the threats that have presented themselves since the end of the Cold-War and the rise of neoliberalism. Can the Westminister model survive and thrive in the contemporary Caribbean, or is it time to move beyond Westminster?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789766379568
Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Brian Meeks is Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Brown University. A political scientist whose work has centred on the theory of revolution, comparative Central American and Caribbean politics; Caribbean thinkers and political thought as well as hegemony, democracy and the state in theory and practice, Professor Meeks has published several books and made numerous contributions to scholarly journals across political science, history, political economy, sociology, Africana studies, Caribbean studies and Latin American studies.

Kate Quinn is Senior Lecturer in Caribbean History at the Institute of the Americas, University College London. Her publications include the edited volume Black Power in the Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2014) and Politics and Power in Haiti (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), co-edited with Paul Sutton.

Table of Contents

Preface: Questioning Westminster

Brian Meeks

Acronyms and Abbreviations

1. Introduction: Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean

Kate Quinn

2. Good Governance or Penance: Enhancing Westminster in the Caribbean

Cynthia Barrow-Giles

3. Are Commonwealth Caribbean Parliaments Now the Least Dangerous Branch of Government?

Derek O’Brien

4. Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean: A Perspective on the Regional Project

Patsy Lewis

5. Westminster Politics: Democratic Practice and Social Constraints – The Jamaican Experience

Peter Phillips

6. Challenges for Good Governance within the Westminster Framework

Bruce Golding

7. The Quest for Constitutional Reform in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Ralph Gonsalves

8. The Westminster Model and the Collapse of the Postcolonial Order

Tennyson S.D. Joseph

9. Westminster Shackled: State Building, State Weakness, and the Democracy Deficit in the Anglophone Caribbean

Clifford E. Griffin

10. Towards a New Democracy in the Caribbean: Local Empowerment and the New Global Order

Percy C. Hintzen



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