Trinidad And Tobago: Ethnic Conflict, Inequality and Public Sector Governance

Hardcover | July 15, 2007

byRalph Premdas

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How does a multi-ethnic society resolve the contentious issue of shares and resource allocation without damaging the state? Arguing that ethnic divides in underdeveloped states are much more evident than in developed countries, this study examines inequality in relation to distributive justice, the adaptation of political structures and institutions, the role of symbols of recognition in representation and strategies of conflict management in power sharing, resource allocation and public policy.

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How does a multi-ethnic society resolve the contentious issue of shares and resource allocation without damaging the state? Arguing that ethnic divides in underdeveloped states are much more evident than in developed countries, this study examines inequality in relation to distributive justice, the adaptation of political structures an...

RALPH PREMDAS is Professor of Public Policy at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. He is author of numerous articles and books, including Ethnic Conflict and Development: The Case of Guyana (1995); Ethnic Conflict and Development: The Case of Fiji; Identity, Ethnicity and Culture in the Caribbean; and Secessionist Movements i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.83 × 5.79 × 0.66 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230521827

ISBN - 13:9780230521827

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Foreword * Preface * Ethnicity, Inequality and Conflict: An Introduction * The Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago: Historical and Constitutional Evolution * Struggles over the Distribution of Posts in the Public Service, Private Sector, Cabinet, Parliament and Presidency * Identity Politics: Struggles over Symbols, Culture and History * Partisan Politics, Electoral Systems and Ethnic Strife * Modes and Mechanisms of Inter-Ethnic Conflict Management * Conclusion