Politics and Development in the Caribbean Basin: Central America and the Caribbean in the New World Order

 
9780333573044: Politics and Development in the Caribbean Basin: Central America and the Caribbean in the New World Order

This wide ranging thematic and comparative text analyses the origins and nature of the developmental and political crises of the region and the reasons for their recent intensification. It covers all the Central American states and the largest Caribbean island territories - Jamaica, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico - as well as Panama and Grenada, assessing their common experiences as small economies living in the shadow of the United States but also highlighting key differences.

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JEAN GRUGEL is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield.

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Grugel's excellent comparative survey of the political economy of the Caribbean Basin (defined as Central America and the insular Caribbean) from the 1880s to the 1990s argues that underdevelopment in the region results from the triple effects of the colonial legacy, internal political factors, and marginalization in the international capitalist system. Evidence is presented (with detailed case studies from the decade of the 1980s) confirming that in nations with capitalist or socialist development models, growth has been partial, unstable, or skewed. Radical attempts at transformation in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Grenada are highlighted, identifying severe pressures from the US and limited internal democracy as significant problems, while limited successes in health, education, and redistribution are praised. Grugel contends that structural adjustment programs have slowed macroeconomic decline but exacerbated the problems of poverty in the region, threatening the very democracy external donors profess to seek. For Grugel, sustainable development must include both a redistribution of internal political power and changes in the international economy. An invaluable general reader for undergraduates and graduate students, this book's broad coverage makes it a valuable addition to the existing literature on the Caribbean Basin.C. J. Edie, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Choice, February 1996

(C. J. Edie, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Choice 1996-01-00)

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Descrizione libro -Macmillan -, 1995. xi+270 pages with index. Cloth. Fine in dustjacket. Aiming to provide an accessible introduction to Central America and the Caribbean, this thematic and comparative text analyzes the origins and nature of the developmental and political crises of these regions and the reasons for their intensification. It covers all the Central American states and the largest Caribbean island territories - Jamaica, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico - as well as Panama and Grenada, assessing their common experiences as small economies living in the shadow of the United States but also highlighting key differences. Codice libro della libreria 2139

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