Since 1944, the Jamaican people, without ethnic or religious strife, civil war, military coup, one-party dictatorship, assassination of political leaders, insurgency or genocide, have voted out governments and voted in opposition parties in free and fair elections – a record in democratic governance equalled by only a handful of stated worldwide.
In Adult Suffrage and Political Administrations in Jamaica, 1944-2002, Trevor Munroe and Arnold Bertram, both active participants in this process, documents critical aspects of this record.
Key features of this publication include: the elections through which the consolidation of democracy occurred the representatives – their gender, education, occupation, age – whom the people chose to form 13 successive governments and parliaments the laws that the legislature passed and the institutions governments established in building a modern democratic state advances and failures - political, economic, social and cultural – of each administration comparison of the performances of successive administrations the critical challenges facing the Jamaican people and the new leaders.
- PART One -The Journey To Adult Suffrage
- The Colonial Franchise,1664–1865
- From Crown Colony to Adult Suffrage, 1866–1944
- PART Two Pre-Independence Administrations
- The 1944–1949 Administration
- The 1949–1955 Administration
- The 1955–1959 Administration
- The 1959–1962 Administration
- PART Three: Post-independence Administrations
- The 1962–1967 Administration
- The 1967–1972 Administration
- The 1972–1976 Administration
- The 1976–1980 Administration
- The 1980–1983 Administration
- The 1983–1989 Administration
- The 1989–1993 Administration
- The 1993–1997 Administration
- The 1997–2002 Administration
- Achievements and Challenges
- Appendix - KSAC and Parish Council Election Results