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Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology

Staff Publications

Our staff has dedicated several years of their professional experience to conducting research in their specific field. This research is supported by intensive public service within the UWI and wider society. For example, they are psycho-social emergency responders, electoral observers, political commentators, social workers, consultants, and statisticians. Their publications are a product of their experience, skills, and knowledge inside and outside the classroom.

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AN ETHICAL TURN IN GOVERNANCE: The Call for a New Development Narrative
Dr. Pearson A. Broome
NEW from Lexington Books

The recurring image throughout the developing world is one of the disintegration of civil order debilitating leaders into a crisis of governance. Not a day goes by without extensive media coverage of some form of corruption, perceived or real, concerning the lack of productivity and/or increasing incidences of fraud and unethical behavior. An Ethical Turn in Governance: The Call for a New Development Narrative posits that the intensification of this crisis is compatible with the root cause of capitalist modernization with its rapid and disorientating changes. To mitigate the accompanying effects, a call is made for [re]conceptualization of the search for a solution through incorporating and strengthening the value of an ethical consciousness in our thinking and policies of governance. The idea is an urgent possibility, perhaps even a controversial and ambitious proposal, for countries to begin imagining how it might be brought about and what it would look like. The central aim and objective is to move toward a framework for continued theory development and empirical research, thereby offering a new narrative on governance and, by extension, development. Recognizing that the inclusion of an ethical turn in governance is fraught with difficulty because of the different opinions, the relativism of different value systems, and options identified often derived from the perspectives of various stakeholders, a call is made for an interactive discourse in the public sphere. The argument advanced is that a body politic with sensible social values germane to the policy process is the best way in which human conduct is ordered, guided, and appraised in order to live together in well-functioning societies critical for the success of any democracy.

Available on all major digital platforms i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, etc.

Civil Society Organisations, Governance and the Caribbean Community.
Dr. Kristina Hinds
Palgrave MacMillan. 2019.

Civil Society This book offers a unique analysis of the participatory spaces available for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Caribbean governance. It reveals the myriad ways in which the region’s CSOs have contributed to enriching Caribbean societies and to scaffolding Caribbean regionalism, and also uncovers that despite their contributions, Caribbean CSOs (and civil society more broadly) have found limited space for involvement in governance. The author peers into Caribbean state-civil society participatory dynamics using in-depth country case studies (Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago), mini-case studies and evaluations of the approaches to inclusion within the regional institutions of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). This novel contribution to the Caribbean civil society literature uses these assessments to make a case for regularising state-civil society collaborative practices to enhance the quality of democracy in the region. 

Defending Caribbean Freedom
Dr. Tennyson Joseph

Carib Research & Publication Incorporated, 2019

Defending Caribbean Freedom is compiled from selections of Dr. Tennyson Joseph’s, widely read weekly newspaper articles to the daily Nation newspaper between 2010 and 2016. The articles have been arranged around critical themes in Caribbean Political Economy and Development and make an important intervention into Caribbean political life in the early decades of the 21st Century.

Defending Caribbean Freedom has been described by George Lamming in his Foreword, as a “formidable diary of issues” in which “there is hardly a territory in the Caribbean region that is not included”. The work is therefore more than a mere collection of articles, but has been arranged around critical themes in the political-economy, society and culture of the Caribbean in a moment of deep existential challenge.

The critical insights offered by the author in this timely publication, are destined to provide Caribbean students, researchers, activists, technocrats and leaders with thesis ideas and policy approaches as they navigate the most challenging moment since independence. Defending Caribbean Freedom should be on the shelf of anyone remotely interested in the contemporary political-economy of the Caribbean.

 Decolonization in St. Lucia: Politics and Global Neoliberalism, 1945-2010.
Dr. Tennyson S.D. Joseph
University of Mississippi Press, 2011

Deconolization in St. LuciaA case study of how a Caribbean nation may achieve political but not economic independence.

Tennyson S. D. Joseph builds upon current research on the anticolonial and nationalist experience in the Caribbean. He explores the impact of global transformation upon the independent experience of St. Lucia and argues that the island's formal decolonization roughly coincided with the period of the rise of global neoliberalism hegemony. Consequently, the concept of "limited sovereignty" became the defining feature of St. Lucia's understanding of the possibilities of independence. Central to the analysis is the tension between the role of the state as a facilitator of domestic aspirations on one hand and a facilitator of global
capital on the other.

Countrywide recount to be supervised by high-level Caricom delegation - Guyana Times
Professor Cynthia Barrow-Giles


Women in Caribbean Politics
Edited by Cynthia Barrow-Giles
Ian Randle Publishers, 2011

Women in Caribbean PoliticsHistorically, women have been under-represented in politics. Patriarchal political parties, debilitating customs and discriminatory selection processes, and obstructionist attitudes have generally contributed to the inability of women to enter mainstream political life in a significant way. In Women in Caribbean Politics Cynthia Barrow-Giles and her co-contributors profile 20 of the most influential women in modern Caribbean politics who have struggled and excelled, in spite of the obstacles. Divided into four parts, this volume looks at women who led the struggle for freedom; those who agitated for equal rights and justice in the pre-independence period; post-colonial trailblazers; as well as a group which Cynthia Barrow-Giles refers to as Women CEOs. The profiles cover women from 12 territories, with varying political, ethnic and socio-economic issues.


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