Introduction to Caribbean Politics
$9.99

Introduction to Caribbean Politics

By Cynthia Barrow-Giles
US$ 9.99
Book Description

This is an introductory text for students if Caribbean Politics at the undergraduate level. It provides a broad historical sweep from the slave era to the contemporary period, characterised by issues of structural adjustments and globalisation, and in between, the years of worker revolt and protest.

The text is structured and presented around a number of core concepts used to analyse Caribbean politics and political systems. Understanding of each concept is aided and enriched by selected readings from both published works as well as original articles specially commissioned for this book.

This student-friendly text contains summaries of the key concepts discussed in each section, questions to test students’ understanding, suggestions for further reading and a self-assessment section.

Key concepts/issues include:
1. Imperialism, Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism, Re-Colonisation
2. Struggles of the working class people
3. The politics of constitutional decolonisation and the Westminster model
4. Party systems and electoral politic
5. Trade Unionism
6. The Politics of change: alternative development strategies
7. Regional integration

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Chapter 1 Imperialism: Colonialism, Neo-colonialism and Recolonisation
    • Introduction
    • Sovereignty
    • Imperialism
    • Colonialism
    • Race/racism and political systems in the region up to the mid-twentieth century
    • Neo-colonialism
    • The politics of structural adjustment: the International Monetary Fund and structural adjustment in the region
    • The International Monetary Fund, Liberalisation and Jamaica
    • Structural adjustment: the case of Barbados
    • Structural adjustment and the trade union movement
    • The new international economic and political order: contextualising the present order
    • The North American Free Trade Agreement
    • Likely effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement on Caribbean countries
    • Globalisation and cultural imperialism
    • GATT, the WTO and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment: Recolonisation?
    • Key words and phrases
    • Questions to consider
    • Activities
    • Readings
    • Suggestions for further reading
  • Chapter 2 Struggles of the Working Class People
    • Introduction
    • Background to the 1930s political crisis
    • General labour conditions in the British West Indies
    • Other dynamics affecting labour conditions in the British West Indies
    • The Moyne Commission Report
    • Summary of recommendations from the Moyne Commission Report
    • A brief assessment of the Moyne Commission Report
    • The colonial and imperial design for the nationalist movement
    • Key words and phrases
    • Questions to consider
    • Activities
    • Readings
    • Suggestions for further reading
  • Chapter 3 The Politics of Constitutional Decolonisation and the Westminster Model
    • Introduction
    • Democracy
    • Main assumptions of liberal democracy
    • Participation or imposition?
    • Constitutional decolonisation in the Commonwealth Caribbean
    • The Westminster model in the region
    • Modifications or transformation?
    • Parliamentary vs presidential systems of government
    • Key words and phrases
    • Questions to consider
    • Activities
    • Readings
    • Suggestions for further reading
  • Chapter 4 Party Systems and Electoral Politics in the Region
    • Introduction
    • What is a political party?
    • Political parties in the Commonwealth Caribbean
    • Electoral politics in the Commonwealth Caribbean
    • Summary
    • Key words and phrases
    • Questions to consider
    • Activities
    • Readings
    • Suggestions for further reading
  • Chapter 5 Trade unionism in the Commonwealth Caribbean
    • Introduction
    • Origin and development of trade unions
    • Global changes, international restructuring and Caribbean trade unions
    • The Caribbean state and labour
    • Key words and phrases
    • Questions to consider
    • Activities
    • Readings
    • Suggestions for further reading
  • Chapter 6 The Politics of Change
    • Introduction: background to the 1960s and 1970s
    • Theory of the non-capitalist path to development
    • Alternative development strategies in the region
    • Guyana: cooperative socialism
    • Jamaica: democratic socialism 1974-80
    • Is socialism a viable option for the region?
    • Key words and phrases
    • Questions to consider
    • Activities
    • Readings
    • Suggestions for further reading
  • Chapter 7 Regional Integration: Economic and Political Aspects
    • Introduction
    • Definitions
    • Imperatives of regional integration
    • Early beginnings: the West Indian Federation
    • Distinctive characteristics of a federal system of government
    • CARICOM and the Treaty of Chaguaramas, 1973
    • The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
    • The Grand Anse Declaration of 1989
    • The Manning Initiative of 1993
    • The CARICOM Single Market and Economy
    • Association of Caribbean States
    • The Barbados-OECS Initiative
    • Regional security and the regional security system
    • Key words and phrases
    • Questions to Consider
    • Activities
    • Readings
    • Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
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