Adult Suffrage and Political Administrations in Jamaica 1944-2002: A Compendium and Commentary
Since 1944, the Jamaican people, without ethnic or religious strife, civil war, military coup, one-party dictatorship, assassination of political leaders, insurgency or genocide, have voted out governments and voted in opposition parties in free and fair elections - a record in democratic governance equalled by only a handful of stated worldwide. In Adult Suffrage and Political Administrations in Jamaica, 1944-2002, Trevor Munroe and Arnold Bertram, both active participants in this process, documents critical aspects of this record. Key features of this publication include: the elections through which the consolidation of democracy occurred, the representatives - their gender, education, occupation, age - whom the people chose to form 13 successive governments and parliaments; the laws that the legislature passed and the institutions governments established in building a modern democratic state; advances and failures - political, economic, social and cultural - of each administration; comparison of the performances of successive administrations the critical challenges facing the Jamaican people and the new leaders.
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