Drawing on his extensive field research in Jamaica, the author traces the development and decline of the sugar worker cooperatives and discusses the implications for the possibility of democratic reform.
1. Underdevelopment and Reform: The Case of Jamaica 2. The Sweet and the Sour: Sugar and Jamaica in the Twentieth Century 3. Policy and Procrastination, 1972–1973 4. Conflict and Cooperatives, 1974–1975 5. Structure and Organization of the Cooperatives 6. Counter-Reform: Demobilizing the Sugar Worker Movement 7. Social Relations at the Grass Roots Among Workers, Managers and Staff 8. Economic Outcomes at the Grass Roots: The Workers 9. Economic Outcomes at the Grass Roots: The Farms 10. The Political Economy of Grass-Roots Reform: Summary and Conclusion