Faculty: Social Sciences
Course Title: Politics in the Caribbean
Course Code: GT 22D
Course Lecturer: Robert Buddan
Contact Info: Ford Room D
Web Site: http://members.tripod.com./~gtuwi/gtuwi.html
This course is intended to cover a study of the current state of Caribbean political systems and their major controversies and to expose the student to a comparative discussion on the performance of Caribbean political systems. At the end the student should be able to identify and discuss problems facing the Caribbean around the main themes of democracy, governance an globalization..
Carlene Edie (ed): Democracy in the Caribbean: Myths and Realities, 1994.
Selwyn Ryan: The Winner Takes All, 1999.
POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARTY COMPETITON.
- Party Systems
- Party Competition
Patrick Emmanuel: “Parties and Electoral Competition in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1994-1991”, in Democracy in the Caribbean, 1994, C. Edie (ed), pp. 251-275.
Carl Stone: Democracy and Clientilism in Jamaica, 1980,chap. 6.
Neville Duncan: “Barbados: Democracy at the Crossroads”, in Democracy in the Caribbean, 1994,C. Edie (ed), chap.5
Perry Mars: Ideology and Change, 1998, chap.3.
Patrick Emmanuel: Governance and Democracy in the Commonwealth Caribbean, 1993, chap. 7
Donald Peters: The Democratic System in the Eastern Caribbean, 1992, chap.3
Selwyn Ryan: The Winner Takes All, 1999
Report of the National Committee on Political Tribalism. 1997
Web Sites: Political Database of the Americas:
Elections Around the World.
2. ELECTIONS AND ELECTORAL SYSTEMS.
- Electoral Systems
- Electoral Problems
Patrick Emmanuel: Governance and Democracy in the Commonwealth Caribbean, 1993, Section 3.Patrick Emmanuel: Parties and Electoral Competition in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1994-1991,” in Democracy in the Caribbean, 1994, C. Edie (ed), pp2551-275.
Jurgen Elkit, Palle Svensson: “What Makes Elections Free and Fair,” Journal of Democracy, vol.8, no.3,July 1997.
Trevor Munroe: “Caribbean Democracy: Decay or Renewal,” Caricom Perspectives, no. 66, 1996.
Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections: The 1997 General Election in Jamaica
The Carter Centre The Observations of the 1997 Elections in Jamaica
3. VOTING BEHAVIOUR- Voting Patterns - Problems of Apathy Carl Stone: Democracy and Clientilism in Jamaica, 1980, chaps. 5,7,8.
J. Edward Greene: Race vs Politics in Guyana, 1974, chaps. 1-3
Selwyn Ryan: Race and Nationalism in Trinidad and Tobago
Selwyn Ryan: The Winner Takes All,1999
Ricky Singh: “Tribalism and Race in Jamaica and Guyana,” Caribbean Affairs, vol.8, no.1, 1998
Percy Hintzen: “Trinidad and Tobago: Democracy, Nationalism and the Construction of Racial Identity,” in Democracy in the Caribbean, 1994, C. Edie (ed), chap.4
4. HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.
- Human Rights Performance
- Achievements in Human Development
Ivelaw Griffith and Betty Sedoc-Dahlberg: Democracy and Human Rights in the Caribbean, 1997.
Michael Kaufman: “Some Observations on the Caribbean,” in Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1989, P. Blanchard and P. Landstreet (eds), pp.109-118.
Ralph Premdas: “Guyana: Ethnic Politics and the Erosion of Human Rights and Democratic Governance,” in Democracy in the Caribbean, 1994, C. Edie (ed), chap.3.
Selwyn Ryan: The Winner Takes All, 1999, chap.15
C.Y. Thomas: The Poor and the Powerless, 1988, chap. 15
United Nations Development Report: World Development Report, 1999.
5. GOOD GOVERNANCE
- The Concept of Governance
- Reforms of the State
The World Bank Development Report 1997: The State in a Changing World.
Selwyn Ryan: The Winner Takes All, 1999, chap.8
Selwyn Ryan: Democratic Governance and the Social Condition of the Anglophone Caribbean, 1996.
Task Force to Reduce Waste in the Public Sector: The Orane Report, 1999 Committee of Advisors on Government Structure (Nettleford Committee on Governance), 1992.
6. MODERNIZING DEMOCRACY.
- Constitutional Reform.
- Political Modernization.
Francis Alexis: Changing Caribbean Constitutions, 1984
Trevor Munroe: Renewing Democracy in the Millenium, 1999
Selwyn Ryan: The Winner Takes All, 1999, chap.6
Final Report of the Joint Select Committee of the Houses of Parliament on Constitutional and Electoral Reform (Jamaica), 1995.
Carl Stone: Report of the Committee on the Performance, Accountability and Responsibilities of Elected Parliamentarians, 1990.
7. GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMY
- The roles of States and Markets
- Old and new development models
Trevor Farrell: “The Caribbean State and its Role in Economic Management,” in The State in the Caribbean, 1986, Omar Davies, (ed). Pp. 6-27.
C. Y. Thomas: The Poor and the Powerless, 1988, chaps. 8-12; 14-15.
Ramesh Ramsaran: The Commonwealth Caribbean in the World Economy, 1989, chaps. 3,4.Anthony Maingot: “The Offshore Caribbean”, in Modern Caribbean Politics, 1993, A. Payne, P. Sutton (eds), pp.259-276.
Thomas Klak (ed): Globalization and Neo-Liberalism: The Caribbean Context, 1998, Parts, 2&3.
Anthony Bryan (ed): The Caribbean: New Dynamics in Trade and Political Economuy, 1995, chap. 5
8. GLOBAL CARIBBEAN
- The wider Caribbean
- The state of Caribbean Integration.
- The impact of globalism.
The West Indian Commission: Report of the West Indian Commission: Time for Action, 1992William Demas: Critical Issues in Caribbean Development, 1997
Hilbourne Watson (ed: The Caribbean in the Global Political Economy, 1994
Christoph Mullerleile: CARICOM Integration: Progress and
Anthony Bryan: The Caribbean: New Dynamics in Trade and Political Economy. 1995