Distant Neighbors In The Caribbean: The Dominican Republic And Jamaica In Comparative Perspective

Hardcover | May 1, 1992

byRichard S. Hillman, Thomas J. D'agostino

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This study in comparative politics provides a comparison and contrast in the political development of two countries with divergent historical influences--the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Although situated in close geographical proximity to each other and to the United States, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are island nations generally considered separately in the fields of Latin American and Commonwealth Caribbean politics. The mutually exclusive treatment of Caribbean countries with Hispanic traditions and those with British traditions is common in the literature and may be attributed to increased specialization, misunderstanding, and inattention to important commonalities between the cultures. This work pulls together the common themes and patterns, developing a single framework for analyzing patterns in colonial legacies, the gaining of independence, formation of political institutions, the emergence of political leadership, and the creation and implementation of policies in the two states. The background and contemporary developments of both the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are treated within the context of this framework. This work will be of interest to scholars in Caribbean studies, Latin American studies, comparative and international politics, and sociologists specializing in comparative cultures.

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This study in comparative politics provides a comparison and contrast in the political development of two countries with divergent historical influences--the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Although situated in close geographical proximity to each other and to the United States, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are island nations gen...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1992Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275939278

ISBN - 13:9780275939274

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?An interesting, informative, readable, and important book. By looking carefully at the separate historical traditions of the Dominican Republic and Jamaica (authoritarian versus democratic), the institutions and process of government (presidential versus parliamentary), the internal and external milieu in which politics operates, the competitive constituents within each state, and the ways in which political performance has been judged locally, Hillman and D'Agostino persuasively conclude that "regimes in both countries exhibit characteristics that are neither strictly authoritarian nor truly democratic. While Dominican leaders have struggled to realize democratic ideals within a history of anarchy and authoritarianism, Jamaican democracy has been challenged by inherent authoritarian impulses." The bibliography is excellent, and the major generalizations appear valid for small, resource-scarce states anywhere. All levels.?-Choice