Caribbean Charisma

Caribbean Charisma : Reflections on Leadership, Legitimacy and Populist Politics

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This original approach to understanding the nature of political leadership in the Caribbean analyzes the successes of seven Caribbean statesmen dating from the early days of decolonization. In a climate charged with a sense of national euphoria at the prospect of liberation from colonial tutelage, these leaders - Errol Barrow (Barbados), Fidel Castro (Cuba), Maurice Bishop and Eric Gairy (Grenada), Forbes Burnham and Cheddi Jagan (Guyana), Michael Manley (Jamaica), and Eric Williams (Trinidad) - seized the moment to varying degrees and in their own unique styles. This often involved the skillful manipulation of socially and politically constructed identities, which in turn conditioned populist, nationalist, class, and even racial appeals in galvanizing support. Assessing the degree to which the concept of charisma is relevant to an understanding of the triumphs of these leaders, Caribbean Charisma throughly explores the intersection of charisma and populist politics in Caribbean more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.2mm | 362.88g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588260054
  • 9781588260055

Table of contents

Charisma and Populism: Theoretical Reflections on Leadership and Legitimacy - A. Allahar. Errol Barrow: The Social Construction of Colonial and Post-Colonial Charismatic Leadership in Barbados - H.A. Watson. The Limits of Charisma: Grenada's Eric Gairy and Maurice Bishop - P. Noguera. Linden Forbes Burnham: Unraveling the Paradox of Post-Colonial Charismatic Leadership in Guyana - L. Lewis. Cheddi Jagan: Charisma and Guyana's Response to Western Capitalism - P.C. Hintzen. A Very Public Private Man: Trinidad's Eric Eustace Williams - P. Mohammed. Jamaica's Michael Manley: Deconstructing the Components of a Charismatic Political Career - B. Meeks. Cuba's Fidel Castro: Charisma and Santeria - N. more

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