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The Legacy of Eric WilliamsInto the Postcolonial Moment$
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Tanya L. "Shields

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462425

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462425.001.0001

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Eric Williams and Public Service Reform

Eric Williams and Public Service Reform

(p.149) Chapter 7 Eric Williams and Public Service Reform
The Legacy of Eric Williams

Roland G. Baptiste

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Eric Williams’ attempts to reorganize his administration’s main arms of civil duty, such as those governing the employment practices of the police, teachers, and firefighters. Although Williams attempted to refashion these departments over the three decades of his reign, he grew increasingly dissatisfied with their inefficiency and unwieldiness owing to their rapid growth in size. The chapter shows how Williams’ idealistic goal of ending governmental “favoritism and discrimination” against West Indians led to his party’s emphasis on state- and public-sector-controlled government as a way to offset foreign involvement in the economy. By reviewing Williams’ service legislation, the chapter offers a cautionary tale to contemporary Trinbagonian officials who favor business management approaches to run their government.

Keywords:   Eric Williams, civil duty, governmental favoritism, discrimination, public sector, Trinbagonian officials

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