Politics and Development in the Caribbean Basin
"Grugel... has produced a first-rate introduction to the development dilemmas confronting the peoples of the Caribbean and Central America.... The book will enlighten general readers with an interest in the politics of geopolitical and economic dependency. And for appreciating the remaining difficulties facing small nations attempting equitable and harmonious development, it will remind Caribbean and Central American specialists just how valuable a good comparative analysis can be." Foreign Affairs..". excellent comparative survey of the political economy of the Caribbean Basin... " ChoiceThis wide-ranging survey of the political economy of the Caribbean Basin and its position in the emerging global order also assesses the attempts by revolutionary regimes in the region to create alternative models of development and the reasons for their failure."
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 137.4 x 215.9 x 17.3mm | 393.14g
- 01 Jul 1995
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
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
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Politics and Development in the Caribbean Basin provides a broad-ranging introduction to the political economy of Central America and the Caribbean and its position in the emerging global order.
About Jean Grugel
JEAN GRUGEL is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield.