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Wendy C. Grenade

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461510

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461510.001.0001

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Exploring Transitions in Party Politics in Grenada, 1984–2013

Exploring Transitions in Party Politics in Grenada, 1984–2013

(p.241) 11. Exploring Transitions in Party Politics in Grenada, 1984–2013
The Grenada Revolution

Wendy C. Grenade

University Press of Mississippi

One of the consequences of the demise of the Grenada Revolution and the US invasion of Grenada in 1983 was the formation of a new political party architecture to break with the past to rid Grenada of the vestiges of the revolution and the Eric Gairy regime that preceded it. The new architecture was intended to transcend authoritarianism, intra-party conflict and political violence to turn Grenada into a showcase for democracy and free enterprise. This chapter maps the contours of party politics in post-revolutionary Grenada. It argues that Grenada has transitioned to formal democracy but has not yet achieved deeper substantive democracy. The chapter teases out lessons from the Grenada case for democratic renewal in the Caribbean.

Keywords:   Authoritarianism, Democratic Renewal, Intra-party Conflict, Post-revolutionary Grenada, Substantive Democracy

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