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Winner Takes All -The Westminster Experience in the Caribbean


Selwyn Ryan


This study analyses the Westminster experience in the Anglophone Caribbean. It also identifies some of the critical problems that have emerged in recent years that threaten to undermine some of the traditions of governance that were established in the early years of Independence. The study also focuses on some of the questions and issues which arise when there are changes of government in the Anglophone Caribbean. Consideration is given to areas where controversy has been endemic.

-Should the winners take all or should equity be an imperative? -What should be done with officials and directors of state and parastatal bodies, particularly senior officials, who were appointed by the outgoing governments? Should they all resign of offer to resign? -How should privileges and material resources be allocated in economic systems which are small and resource deficient, and where unemployment or underemployment is high?

-Should jobs go to the "boys"?

-How does one effect policy changes when there is a change of government without aggravating ethnic, regional, or other social and historic rivalries to the extent where the integrity and viability of the political and social system are put in jeopardy? Should the first-past-post model be retained or should some other constitutional variant be introduced to address some of the "perverse" consequences which result from the use of that electoral formula? - Can Caribbean states survive the challenges of globalisation or are some doomed to "collapse" or become "rogue" states?

To illustrate issues, case material is drawn from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis, Guyana, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and Barbados. The case studies are not intended to be comprehensive and exhaustive accounts of the modern political histories of these countries, but to illustrate the range of problems faced by Caribbean political systems in the period after independence.




976 618 029 6 (Soft Cover)*

976 618 030 X (Hard Cover)


US$33.00* TT$130.00 *US$ Inclusive of Handling & Postage


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