Jones, Edwin; Cruickshank, Ivan
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Making the CARICOM administrative machinery work: The decentralization and leadership factor
Hall, Kenneth O.; Benn, Denis
Caribbean imperatives: Regional governance and integrated development
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Provides a number of analytical insights into the decentralization of decision making, institutional building and leadership in CARICOM. Argues that the rationalization of governance and administrative strategy in the 'integrationist' framework entails situational analysis and the reshaping of decisions, institutions and instruments to meet the demands of meaningful implementation. Notes that a major deficiency of the Community derives from the fact that its building processes started without a widespread understanding of a relevant theory of integration. This 'theoretical innocence' has constrained the transformation approach to integration. Recommends a framework for concerted action based on a multilevel or polycentric approach involving the dispersion of authority away from central institutions, upwards to the supranational level, downwards to the sub-national jurisdictions and sideways to public-private networks. Concludes that multilevel or polycentric governance represents a distinctive way of organizing activities in the political, social and economic spheres which reflects sovereignty as a single source of power and authority.....