The Caribbean on the Edge: The Political Stress of Stability, Equality, and Diplomacy
Published: March 2022© 2022
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 240 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
240 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
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ISBN: 9781487529451Add to Wishlist
In a time of persistent uncertainty, fragile eco-structures, the politics of "populism," and limits in institutional leadership, The Caribbean on the Edge acts as an analytical roadmap to a challenging era of globalization for the countries on the edge of history in the Caribbean, those often at a policy standstill pondering which way and how to turn.
Winston Dookeran traces ideas that have evolved in development and diplomacy over the last decade to identify the path for new analytical leadership. The Caribbean on the Edge deeply engages the political issues involved in development, governance, and diplomacy.
Examining various schools of thought that influence policy choices, The Caribbean on the Edge discusses new approaches and risk factors that are aligned with the current realities in the region. Above all, this book is about the development of a new mindset that will usher in a radical shift in thinking, policy, and practice in order to unlock the paralysis of a Caribbean on the edge.
"Winston Dookeran has crafted a wonderful study of the ideas of academics and practitioners to provide a roadmap for the survival and resilience of Caribbean society in the coming decades. This is an important contribution to the literature of the Caribbean development experience monitored by one of the region’s contemporary noted thinkers."Anthony T. Bryan, Professor of International Relations and Senior Fellow, Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies
"In The Caribbean on the Edge, Winston Dookeran draws on his experience as a senior practitioner in public policy and public administration and combines it with the critical analyses of an academic. A study in political economy, this book is indispensable to everyone engaged in Caribbean studies."Nelson Wiseman, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
"If the Caribbean is ‘on the edge’ – in more ways than one – then it is an ‘edgy’ place. This suggests that it is a tense, nervous, or irritable region, prone to destabilization and painful dislocation by effects and dynamics beyond its control. But ‘edgy’ has a second, informal meaning: being at the forefront of a trend; experimental or avant-garde. The alignment of savvy political leadership, mobilization of knowledge capital, and economic acumen can yet spearhead the small island jurisdictions of the Caribbean in developmental directions that build diversification and strengthen resilience. I commend Winston Dookeran for a timely and inspiring text."Godfrey Baldacchino, Professor of Sociology, University of Malta; UNESCO co-chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, University of Prince Edward Island; President, International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA); Executive Editor, Small Sta