Caribbean Political Culture, Governance, and Participation

  • Kristina HindsEmail author
Part of the Non-Governmental Public Action book series (NGPA)


This chapter considers the contradictory existence of authoritarian and democratic tendencies in Caribbean political culture. The discussion here provides insights into the ways in which colonial legacies including ethnic, racial, and class divisions; the adoption of colonial governance and electoral systems; and the practices of patron-client relationships, have coloured governance in the region. This chapter considers governance in the region in the light of narratives about good governance and collaborative/participatory governance, while also assessing some of the affinities between Caribbean governance practices and neo-corporatism. In the end, chapter proffers that although authoritarian tendencies continue to trouble the region, ongoing efforts to enhance democracy in the region can be bolstered by creating spaces for participatory governance practices.


Caribbean Political culture Collaborative governance Participatory governance Democracy Authoritarian Neo-corporatism 


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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesBridgetownBarbados

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