Politics in a Half-Made Society: Trinidad and Tobago 1925-2001
Politics in a Half Made Society tells the story of twentieth-century politics in the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago. The book provides a narrative and analytical account beginning in 1925, when the first elections were held, and continuing up to 2001 with the two major political parties in a historical deadlock for which formal constitutional arrangement did no cater.
The book is divided into four sections, each underlining the important stages of Trinidad’s political history, Part One – Prelude to Self-government – deals with Trinidad’s move towards the establishment of party politics between 1925 and 1953; Part Two – The Long Reign of Eric Williams – recounts the political shrewdness of this prime minister and the peculiar challenges he faced while in power; Part Three – Paved with Good Intentions: The Rise and Fall of the National Alliance for Reconstruction – examines the failure of the Chambers administration to sustain the political and economic gains made during the Williams years, covers the attempted coup of 1990 and assesses the NAR’s performance; Part Four – Toward Stalemate: Structural Adjustment, Indian Arrival and Slim Majorities – looks at the political configuration of the 1990s after structural adjustment and Basdeo Panday’s coming to power.
- Prelude to Self-Government
- THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELECTORAL POLITICS, 1925-53: ‘WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS’
- Part 1 - The Long Reign of Eric Williams, 1956-81
- THE COMING TO POWER OF ERIC WILLIAMS, 1954-62: ‘PNM AGAINST THE REST’
- POLITICS IN THE INDEPENDENCE PERIOD, 1962-81: ‘RIGHT BACK TO 1956’
- Part 2 - Paved with Good Intentions: TheRise and Fall of the National Alliance for Reconstruction, 1981-91
- THE FALL OF THE PNM, 1981-6: ‘ALL AH WE TIEF’
- THE FALL OF THE NAR, 1987-91: ‘BETWEEN GOOD INTENTIONS AND EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION’
- Part 3 - Toward Stalemate: Structural Adjustment, Indian Arrival, and Slim Majorities
- THE FALL OF THE MANNING ADMINISTRATION, 1992-5: ‘FATHER OF THE NATION’
- THE UNC GOVERNMENT,1995-2001: ‘NONE SHALL ESCAPE UNSCATHED’