Addressing a Knowledge Externality Schism in Public Policy in the English Speaking Caribbean

Part of the Integrated Series in Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 35)


This chapter proposes an innovative framework to knowledge management from a public policy perspective. It identifies possible adverse externalities when management of knowledge is incomplete in public policy making. For public policies to be effective, four knowledge functions—policy planning, legislation, budgeting, and implementation—must be maximised and linked. Should these respective functions fail to connect with one another, overall policy effectiveness may decrease. This chapter gives special consideration to lessons learned of Caribbean governments dealing with public policy development. Taking into account the specific context of small island development states, numerous opportunities exist for knowledge-based innovations.


Knowledge management Public policy Caribbean small island states 



The author thanks Jill St. George for her valuable contributions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for European Research on Microfinance (CERMi)University of Mons (UMONS) / University of Brussels (ULB)BruxellesBelgium

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