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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory$
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Brian Meeks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.001.0001

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Reinventing the Jamaican Political System (2001)

Reinventing the Jamaican Political System (2001)

(p.131) 10. Reinventing the Jamaican Political System (2001)
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter initially cites five incidents reported by the Jamaica Gleaner that manifest the state of lawlessness and anarchy that characterized Jamaica at the turn of the century. It argues that Jamaica was in a state of hegemonic dissolution, with three possible options subject to debate. The first option was to adopt an authoritarian government; second, a democratic renewal across the scope of the Jamaican social and political territory; and finally, a Marxist option described as a widespread decline of civil society and the state. The chapter mentions Kari Levitt and how he similarly addressed the aspects of a program for the Caribbean and all developing countries beyond the failed neo-liberal paradigm.

Keywords:   Jamaican political system, hegemonic dissolution, authoritarian government, democratic renewal, Marxism, Kari Levitt, neo-liberal paradigm

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