Research - Book Publications
Civil SocietyCivil Society Organisations, Governance and the Caribbean Community. Kristina Hinds.  Palgrave MacMillan. 2019. 

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. 

The Grenada Revolution: Reflections and Lessons. Edited by Wendy Grenade. University Press of Mississippi, 2015.

A detailed examination of the broad implications of Marxist revolution, politics, and the eventual invasion of the island nation.

Contributions by Horace G. Campbell, Ralph E. Gonsalves, Kari H. I. Grenade, Wendy C. Grenade, David Hinds, Curtis Jacobs, Tennyson S. D. Joseph, Patsy Lewis, Don Marshall, Brian Meeks, and Hilbourne A. Watson.

Grenada experienced much turmoil in the 1970s and 1980s, culminating in an armed Marxist revolution, a bloody military  coup, and finally in 1983 Operation Urgent Fury, a United States-led invasion. Wendy C. Grenade combines various perspectives to tell a Caribbean story about this revolution, weaving together historical accounts of slain Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, the New Jewel Leftist Movement, and contemporary analysis.

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Commonwealth & Comparative Politics (Journal)

Direct Democracy and Party Politics in the Commonwealth Caribbean:
An Analysis of the 2016 Referendum on Constitutional Reform in Grenada
ORCID IconPublished online: 01 Jun 2020


In the aftermath of the implosion of the Grenada revolution and the United States invasion of Grenada in October 1983, there was an urgency to construct a new political architecture for the consolidation of democracy. Grenada has, transitioned to electoral democracy. However, constitutional reform is imperative to address glaring democratic deficits. Yet, despite the urgency for constitutional reform, in the Commonwealth Caribbean, there is tension between direct democracy and the winner-takes-all Westminster system. This article analyses the 2016 referendum on constitutional reform in Grenada to provide broader explanations about direct democracy and political life in small states.  For more details click on this link;

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

A 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.

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

Historically, 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.

Our research interests vary widely and include:


  • Gender
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