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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About the Author
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
Acronyms and Abbreviations
1. Introduction: Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean
2. Good Governance or Penance: Enhancing Westminster in the Caribbean
3. Are Commonwealth Caribbean Parliaments Now the Least Dangerous Branch of Government?
4. Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean: A Perspective on the Regional Project
5. Westminster Politics: Democratic Practice and Social Constraints – The Jamaican Experience
6. Challenges for Good Governance within the Westminster Framework
7. The Quest for Constitutional Reform in St Vincent and the Grenadines
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