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The Port Royal ExperimentA Case Study in Development$
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Kevin Dougherty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461534

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461534.001.0001

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The Hand in the Bucket

The Hand in the Bucket

Sequencing and Perseverance

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(p.155) Chapter Ten The Hand in the Bucket
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The Port Royal Experiment
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Kevin Dougherty

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461534.003.0011

Most observers have assessed the Port Royal Experiment as at best a mixed success. Certainly it succeeded in meeting immediate humanitarian needs and beginning the transition from slavery to freedom for the Sea Islands blacks. However, these early gains reached a plateau and not only did not become self-sustaining and increasing, as time passed they regressed. A variety of modern nation-building theories help explain the Port Royal Experiment’s failure to produce lasting results. By focusing on initiatives such as education rather than establishing a strong military presence on the Sea Islands early on, the Port Royal Experiment appears to violate Francis Fukuyama’s insistence that the “strength of state institutions is more important in a broad sense than the scope of state functions.” Likewise, Roland Paris’s “institutionalization before liberalization” sequencing requirement that “peacebuilders should concentrate on constructing a framework of effective institutions prior to promoting political and economic competition” was not followed.

Keywords:   Institutionalization before liberalization, Nation-building, Francis Fukuyama, Roland Paris, sequencing

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