Author Affiliation, Ana.
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies
The agony of the fifteenth: The crisis of implementation
Social and Economic Studies
Date of Publication
This paper seeks to explore the problem of implementation that characterizes the integration movement of CARICOM states. It draws on the experiences of these states, particularly that of Jamaica, in attempting to replace the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final court of appeal. It concludes that one of the main explanatory factors lay in the absence of mechanisms to involve the opposition parties, particularly, and the public, more generally, in CARICOM's decision-making structures. This, in turn was influenced by the character of national politics which effectively alienates the opposition from the governing process and which makes the regional agenda a fertile ground for projecting national hostilities. It argues for a more inclusive decision-making process which should serve to depoliticize regional issues and have positive spin-off effects for cooperation at the national level....