The Challenge of Structural Adjustment in the Commonwealth Caribbean

Hardcover | June 1, 1992

byRamesh Ramsaran

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This work analyzes recent economic performance in the Commonwealth Caribbean by examining the IMF/World Bank Structural Adjustment Package and its relation to the deteriorating economic and social conditions in this part of the world. Ramesh F. Ramsaran not only takes a critical look at structural adjustment as it has been applied in the Caribbean but also examines recent structural adjustment theory in general and some of its contradictions in practice. Ramsaran argues that if structural adjustment programs are to be effective with minimum social cost, their design must take into account the specific conditions of individual countries. This argument against the general application of policies and principles remains firm, despite the fact that international aid agencies in the 1980s did find general guidelines useful in particular situations. His analysis will be of interest to scholars and policy-makers in international and development economics and international finance and trade.

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This work analyzes recent economic performance in the Commonwealth Caribbean by examining the IMF/World Bank Structural Adjustment Package and its relation to the deteriorating economic and social conditions in this part of the world. Ramesh F. Ramsaran not only takes a critical look at structural adjustment as it has been applied in t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.54 × 6.34 × 0.86 inPublished:June 1, 1992Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275942090

ISBN - 13:9780275942090

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?Ramsaran (University of the West Indies, Trinidad) provides an earnest review and appraisal of the effects of neoliberal economic strategies as correctives to economic crisis in the Caribbean. The general thrust is a plea for a more informed application of solutions, one based less on ideological conviction and more on the needs of Caribbean societies, which do not always (perhaps rarely) conform to the assumptions implied by the cure. The arguments made are not new, nor are they backed up with a theoretical counterpoint for alternative policy-making to confront the economic problems of the region that no one would deny. Still, there is value in the work for the nonspecialist who wishes to reflect on the nature and context of economic policy-making and the possible consequences of inappropriate action driven by a particular economic policy agenda that now animates the path of transformation in the Caribbean and much of the rest of the less-developed world. Advanced undergraduate through faculty.?-Choice