1st Edition

Caribbean Regional Integration A Critical Development Approach

By Patsy Lewis Copyright 2022

    This book provides an in-depth analysis of the role of regional integration in the contemporary Caribbean, challenging the value of the neoliberal ideology that permeates regionalism discourse.

    The book asks what value neoliberal regionalism holds for the Caribbean, when its economic goals of efficiency and competitiveness serve to actively marginalize small states within the global community. Presenting an alternative framework for assessing success, the book investigates how the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can confront new challenges and perform a more developmental function, centring economic transformation and a more democratic process. The book also explores long-standing challenges with implementing regional decisions at the national level and the absence of avenues for citizens to influence the direction of the integration movement. It explores these themes against the backdrop of the global pandemic and the climate crisis which underscore the fragility of Caribbean economies, their high levels of indebtedness, weak social security systems, and their marginality.

    Bringing together decades of research from one of the world’s foremost scholars on the subject, this book will be essential reading for researchers of the Caribbean specifically, and for those with an interest in regionalism more generally, across the fields of political economy, international relations, history, geography, economics, and global development.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: the limits and possibilities of regional integration, Part 1: The long fraught road of Caribbean Integration, Chapter 2: CARICOM and that vexing issue of size and viability, Chapter 3: CARICOM Beyond the CSME, Part 2: Towards a more political integration, Chapter 4: Political Union: The Road not Travelled by the West Indian Commission, Chapter 5: The Agony of the Fifteen: the crisis of implementation, Chapter 6: Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean: A Perspective on the Regional Project, Part 3: Development and Regional Integration: Possible Futures, Chapter 7: Assessing the Development Potential of the FTAA and EPA for Small Developing States, Chapter 8: The Caribbean-EU relationship: Towards a more sovereign Caribbean, Chapter 9: Rethinking Development and the Regional Integration Project


    Patsy Lewis is Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), and Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University, USA.