GT-22C - Foundations of Caribbean Politics. (Semeser 1)
This course explores the distinct foundations upon which modern Caribbean politics rests. It attempts to identify the unique characteristics and experiences of Caribbean states to enrich the field of comparisons with other political systems. The special characteristics of small states, the varied impact of colonialism in the region, the contribution of Caribbean thinkers to political thought, the nature of the political culture along with class and ethnic influences, the founding role of Caribbean leaders and the types of political systems and the main state formations that have emerged, as well as the emergence of civil societies in the Caribbean are the main areas covered. The main purpose is to be able to understand the nature contemporary Caribbean politics from the continuing impact of these foundations.
GT-22D - Politics in the Caribbean. (Semester 11).
This course focuses on the structure of and current controversies in Caribbean political systems in a comparative perspective. Many of these have to do with elections and electoral systems, political parties and party systems, the nature of government and reforms of the state, human rights and human development, models of economic development, justice, crime and corruption, the nature of political opposition and the impact of globalism. These problems are discussed in the context of the challenges faced by the Caribbean to meet acceptable standards of democracy, development and globalization. This assessment is useful against the background of certain failures in human, economic and political development in the region and the need to explore possible correctives. Robert Buddan Department of Government June 22, 1999.
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