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Development Patterns in teh Commonwealth Caribbean: Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History. Institute of Latin American Studies.
1996 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The process of national development is dynamic and multifaceted; an interrelationship between political sociology and the economy. The purpose of this study is to provide an explanation to the present day economic and social crises in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago which is located in 'dependent capitalist development'. It explores whether the dynamics of the crises is internal or external. In providing an explanation the study merely recasts Cardoso and Faletto's approach emphasizing the historical-structural transformations that have given rise to conflicts, social movements and political processes. Of critical importance has been the 'internalization of external interests'. The conclusion drawn is that the dynamics of the phenomenon of dependent capitalist development is both internatl and external. The study also shows that the crises are not just economic but more so social and cultural where internalization has occurred. The mechanism that brings about a delicate balance between centripetal and centrifugal forces withing this kind of a development is clientelism while the sources of this patronage system are, to a large extent, externally located. The interaction of all these factors has constantly resisted attempts at structural transformation. Instead, they have only served to perpetuate dependent capitalist development in Jamaica and Trindiad & Tobago.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University , 1996. , 141 p.
, LAIS Monograph Series, ISSN 0284 6675 ; 30
Keyword [en]
Development, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, dependent development
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-16355ISBN: 91 85894 44 3OAI: diva2:182875
Available from: 2007-05-08 Created: 2007-05-08Bibliographically approved

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