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Lewis, Patsy
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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
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Is the goal of regional integration still relevant among small states? The case of the OECS and CARICOM
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Barrow-Giles, Cynthia; Marshall, Don D.
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Living at the Borderlines: Issues in Caribbean Sovereignty and Development
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2003
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325-352
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Also published as: La integración regional es todavía un objetivo adecuado para los Estados Pequeños? Los Casos de la OECS (Organización de los Estados del Caribe Oriental) y del CARICOM (Comunidad del Caribe). In Retos E Interrelaciones de La Integración Regional Europa y América edited by Joaquín Roy, Roberto Domínguez Rivera, Rafael Velásquez Flores. Plaza y Valdés: University of Miami, 2003. Pages 317-344.....
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Abstract
This chapter focuses on the experiences of the OECS, a sub-regional grouping within the CARICOM regional integration scheme, in an effort to highlight some of the challenges confronting microstates in the regional integration process. It examines the extent to which the shift in the theoretical underpinnings and goals of regional integration processes in the 1960s and 1970s, from the creation of protected markets among countries of like size and resource endowment which affords no privileges to small size, has undermined the viability of the OECS and ultimately, CARICOM itself. Specifically, it questions whether this shift has derailed the process in the Caribbean region; whether it is worthwhile for such schemes to continue to focus on economic goals over political processes; and whether the OECS experience does not mirror the future of CARICOM.....
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