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Handbook of Governance in Small States



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ISBN 9780367183998
November 24, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
450 Pages

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This volume covers a wide spectrum of governance issues relating to small states in a global context. While different definitions of governance are given in the chapters, most authors associate governance with the setting and implementation of policies aimed at managing a country or territory, and with the related institutional structures and interventions by political actors. Generally, good governance is associated with concepts such as policy effectiveness, accountability, transparency, control of corruption, encouragement of citizens’ voice and gender equality—factors which are, in turn, linked with democracy. What emerges from the book is that the societies of small states are being re-shaped by various forces outside their control, including the globalization process and climate change, rendering their governance ever more complex. These problems are not solely faced by small states, but small country size tends to lead to a higher degree of exposure to external factors.

The chapters are grouped into four sections broadly covering political, environmental, social and economic governance. Governance is influenced by many, often intertwined, factors; the division of the book into four parts therefore does not detract from the fact that governance is multifaceted, and such division was based on the primary focus of each particular study and its main disciplinary background. The expert authors have, moreover, used a variety of approaches in the studies, the subject of small states being well suited to scholarly work from different disciplines using qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches to arrive at useful conclusions.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Governance complexities in small states

Lino Briguglio, Jessica Byron, Stefano Moncada and Wouter Veenendaal

PART 1: POLITICAL GOVERNANCE

1 Governing small states: A review

Dag Anckar

2 Navigating hyper-fragmentation in small states: A comparison of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

Wouter Veenendaal and Jack Corbett

3 Small islands with strong democracies? The experience of decentralization in Cabo Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe

Edalina Rodrigues Sanches

4 Parties, elections and political maturation in the UK Overseas Territories

Peter Clegg

5 An examination of the institutional governance mechanisms to promote political integrity in Barbados

Philmore Alleyne and Cynthia Barrow-Giles

6 Public administration in small European states: Size, characteristics and performance

Marlene Jugl

7 Nordic cooperation as a form of governance: Iceland’s sheltered society

Baldur Thorhallsson and Sverrir Steinsson

8 The nature and extent of fragility traps in small states

David Carment, Simon Langlois-Bertrand and Yiagadeesen Samy

PART 2: ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

9 Policy measures addressing nearly zero-energy buildings in the small island state of Malta

Damien Gatt and Charles Yousif

10 A comparative case study of environmental governance in Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands

Andrea C. Simonelli

11 Integration of climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and development in Vanuatu: A systems perspective

Amy Savage, Corey Huber and Hilary Bambrick

12 Dealing with climate change at all levels: Small island developing states between global climate negotiations and national climate policies

Carola Klöck

13 Environmental governance in small island developing states: Challenges and opportunities for transformation using a Trinidad and Tobago case study

Michelle Mycoo

14 Emissions and economic development in small states: The role of governance

Jessica Camilleri, Jonathan Spiteri and Marie Briguglio

15 Environmental governance in Mauritius: Evidence from the Environmental Performance Index

Taruna Ramessur

PART 3: SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

16 South-South mobility, regionalism and governance in Pacific islands

Alessio Cangiano and Andreea R. Torre

17 Against the tide? A socio-legal review of Caribbean SIDS’ (non)-compliance with international agreements on migrants and refugees and the protection of vulnerable migrants

Natalie Dietrich Jones

18 Social protection data management in small states: The case of Cabo Verde

Pedro Lara Arruda and Raquel Tebaldi

19 Enabling adaptive governance through social capital in small island developing states

Jan Petzold

20 Social governance in the Eastern Caribbean small island states

Godfrey St Bernard and Lino Briguglio

PART 4: ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE

21 Strengthening fiscal frameworks and improving the spending mix in small states

Ezequiel Cabezon, Patrizia Tumbarello and Yiqun Wu

22 Country size, governance and expenditure on defence and education: Realpolitik and the peace dividend for small economies

Robert Read

23 Building resilience and reducing vulnerabilities through innovative financing in the Caribbean

Howard Haughton and Jodie Keane

24 The ‘remittance trap’: Should we be concerned for small Pacific island countries?

Ron Duncan

25 Prescriptions for growth and broad-based development in Pacific island countries

Te'o Ian Fairbairn

26 Economic governance and economic growth in Mauritius

Boopen Seetanah , Harris Neeliah and Raja V. Sannassee

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