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No Island Is an Island

The Impact of Globalization on the Commonwealth Caribbean

Edited by Gordon Baker

Forty years after the West Indies Federation collapsed, seven Caribbean experts—including academics and practitioners—take a fresh look at the economic challenges facing the small states of the Commonwealth Caribbean. These former British territories include Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent. How well are these nations coping with the phaseout of external aid and traditional agricultural preferences; the competitive global environment; and technological and structural changes? What are their chances of sustainability? This volume, commissioned by the Caribbean Study Group at Chatham House, provides an accessible, comprehensive overview, including chapters on key economic sectors in the region: agriculture, tourism, financial services, communications, and foreign direct investment. No Island Is an Island will appeal to senior policymakers in government and business, as well as scholars. Contributors include Elizabeth Thomas-Hope (University of the West Indies), Adonna Jardine-Comrie (University of the West Indies), Anthony T. Bryan (Center for Strategic and International Studies),Trevor Carmichael (legal practitioner specializing in international financial services), Martin Lodge (London School of Economics), Lindsay Stirton (University of East Anglia), and Winston Dookeran (former governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago).

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