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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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Jamaica on the Cusp of Fifty

Jamaica on the Cusp of Fifty

Whither Nationalism and Sovereignty? (2013)

(p.183) 14. Jamaica on the Cusp of Fifty
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

Stephen Krasner proposes that conventional sovereignty has three elements: international/legal sovereignty, Westphalian/Vatellian sovereignty, and domestic sovereignty. Using Krasner's framework, this chapter evaluates the current Jamaican sovereignty. Jamaica's international juridical sovereignty and Westphalian/Vatellian sovereignty are still very much in existence, while its domestic sovereignty has the greatest potential for enhancement. The chapter then offers key points for reformation that include establishing the Constituent Assembly of the Jamaican People at Home and Abroad; along with a new philosophical conversation that addresses questions of social equality and lays the foundation for a parallel economic discourse. It concludes that the use of a so-called guerilla sovereignty is needed to improve the social and economic lives in Jamaica and to an extent—the entire Caribbean alliance.

Keywords:   Stephen Krasner, international sovereignty, legal sovereignty, Westphalian sovereignty, Vatellian sovereignty, domestic sovereignty, Constituent Assembly of the Jamaican People at Home and Abroad, guerilla sovereignty

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