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Public Administration and Policy in the Caribbean

ISBN 9781439892947
Published June 26, 2015 by Routledge
500 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Caribbean is at a crucial phase in its development. Global and local pressures have seen the region losing its competitiveness, while it remains at risk of losing out on development gains made in the last few decades. These pressures are demanding improvements in the way government operates, particularly in its policy-making and administrative capacity. This book offers the single most comprehensive reference on public administration in the Caribbean to date, providing information on legacies, tools, and strategies that are beneficial to understanding and improving public policy.

Public Administration and Policy in the Caribbean presents contributed chapters from a host of well-placed practitioners and academics across the region and its diaspora. The collection maps the history and development of Caribbean public policy and management, discussing some of the most relevant contemporary themes and practices in a region that has received insufficient attention in research. It also considers a number of critical policy issues, some old, some new, and others yet emerging that are of significant import for successful governance and development across the region.

The book covers the lesser-known experiences of the Dutch, French, and English Caribbean, as well as Cuba and Haiti, showing the rich legacies, themes, and contemporary issues affecting the region. It begins with a history of Caribbean public administration practices and institutions from the colonial period to the present. It then offers an exposition and critical analysis of some of the current debates and issues in public administration, delving into the internal workings of the state. The book concludes with a discussion of some of the ongoing and new public policy issues and concerns in the region.

Public Administration and Policy in the Caribbean makes a solid contribution to understanding the variety of experiences, legacies, and contemporary issues in public policy and administration in small and developing states. Practitioners, researchers, consultants, and instructors should find this an invaluable resource.

Table of Contents


Public Policy and Administration in the Caribbean: An Overview of the Caribbean
Indianna D. Minto-Coy and Evan M. Berman


The History of Public Administration in the Commonwealth Caribbean
Indianna D. Minto-Coy

Public Administration in the French Antilles: Historical Trends and Prospects
Justin Daniel

The History of Public Administration in the Dutch Caribbean
Miguel Goede

Public Policy and Management in Cuba
Gerardo González Núñez


Civil Service Performance in the Caribbean
Wayne Soverall

Public Financial Management in the Caribbean
Eileen Browne

Public Procurement Policy Considerations in the Caribbean: Trade, Governance and Development
Margaret Rose

Assessing Public Sector Reform in the Anglophone Caribbean
Ann Marie Bissessar

Contending with Caribbean Public Sector Leadership in the Twenty-First Century
Edwin Jones, Andrew Walcott, and Sandra Grey-Alvaranga

State Capacity and International Politics
Matthew Louis Bishop


Education Reform Initiatives in the Caribbean Basin
Tavis D. Jules and Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams

Developmental Interventions in the Caribbean
Nikolaos Karagiannis, Anthony Clayton, and Jessica M. Bailey

Environmental Risk Management in the Caribbean
Charley G. Granvorka, Eric A. Strobl, Leslie Walling, and Evan M. Berman

Sustainable Development of Caribbean Tourism
Anthony Clayton, Nikolaos Karagiannis, and Jessica M. Bailey

Policy and Regulation of the Caribbean Communications Industry
Indianna D. Minto-Coy

Health Service Reform in the Caribbean: The Rise of New Mutualism
Tavis D. Jules and Landis G. Fryer

Gender Equality and Gender Policy Making in the Caribbean
Patricia Mohammed

Poverty in the Caribbean
Charley G. Granvorka


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Indianna D. Minto-Coy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mona School of Business and Management, UWI. She is also a research affiliate at the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Indianna has held appointments at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School (University of Oxford), the University of Waterloo, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (where she also coordinated the research component of the Caribbean Economic Governance Project), and the Shridath Ramphal Centre for Trade Policy, Law and Services, University of the West Indies (Barbados). Indianna’s work spans areas of public policy, ICTs, migration and diasporas, and entrepreneurship. She holds a PhD (law) from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Evan M. Berman is a professor of public management and director of internationalization at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) School of Government. He is a distinguished Fulbright scholar, senior editor of Public Performance and Management Review, and founding editor of the American Society for Public Administration’s book series on public administration and public policy. Berman has widely published in all of the major journals of the discipline. His related books in this series include Public Administration in East Asia, Public Administration in Southeast Asia, and Public Administration in South Asia. His areas of expertise include public performance and human resource management, and he is a coauthor of the leading textbook Human Resource Management in Public Service as well as Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts.