Author Affiliation, Ana.
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
The failed OECS political union initiative: Lessons for regional integration in the Anglophone Caribbean
Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies
Date of Publication
Locates the attempt, between 1986 and 1992, to forge a political union, first among the member states of the OECS, and subsequently among the Windward Islands, both within the context of theoretical debates on federal and functional forms of integration, as well the experience of the failed West Indies Federation. Seeks to identify the factors contributing to interest in such a political union and why it ultimately failed. Concludes that while Barbados' recent interest provides a fillip to the initiative, its ultimate realization lies in the extent to which developments in the international community, specifically negotiations for a post-Lome relationship and the regional Free Trade Area of the Americas, further marginalize their separate existence. It also argues that political union among some, if not all members of the Anglophone Caribbean, remains relevant as long as there continues to exist seemingly 'non-viable' units locked into dependent relationships with the US and Europe.....