Dependency and Socialism in the Modern Caribbean: Superpower Intervention in Guyana, Jamaica, and Grenada, 1970-1985

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Lexington Books, 2002 - Political Science - 450 pages
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Was the Anglophone Caribbean condemned by its colonial history to permanent conditions of dependency and by Cold War geopolitical realities to international interventionism? In Dependency and Socialism in the Modern Caribbean Euclid Rose focuses upon the efforts made by the English-speaking Caribbean--through case studies that compare and contrast the political economies of Guyana, Jamaica, and Grenada--to break out of the legacy of colonial dependency and underdevelopment through the implementation of a Caribbean brand of socialism. The work considers the Caribbean's adoption of Fabian-style socialism as an alternative to capitalist development and how these socialist policies were impacted by differences in infrastructure capacity, economic and social resources and political agendas. It highlights the pivotal role of race and class, and the hitherto little studied impact of religion, on the region's political economy. Moreover, the study calculates the impact of the global economy upon Caribbean socio-economic conditions, and the ideological, geopolitical, and strategic implications of the Cold War and the Caribbean's socialist alignment on the nature, character, and intensity of British and American interventionism in the region. A must read for political economists in search of a greater understanding of the postcolonial political economy of the Caribbean and Latin America.
 

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Contents

The Development of the Political Economy of the Caribbean
15
Dependency in the Caribbean
49
The Struggle to Overcome Dependency in the Caribbean through Integration
87
International Challenge to Dependency by CARICOM States
115
Guyana The Adoption of Cooperative Socialism
157
Jamaica The Declaration of Democratic Socialism
219
Revolutionary Socialism Grenadas Experience
279
USLed Destabilization of Guyana Jamaica and Grenada
345
Conclusion Dependency Socialism and Superpower Intervention in the Caribbean
389
Bibliography
413
Index
431
About the Author
451
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Euclid A. Rose is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Siena College.

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