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The Costs of Regime Survival
Racial Mobilization, Elite Domination and Control of the State in Guyana and Trinidad


Part of American Sociological Association Rose Monographs

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030144

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  • This comparative study of two republics - Guyana in South America, and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean - examines the conditions which determine regime survival in less developed countries. Given the structure of political and economic organization typical of these countries, and of the web of international relations of which they are a part, political survival can very often depend on a leader's willingness to serve the interests of a small, but politically strategic minority. In both Guyana and Trinidad post-independence leaders made politically expedient decisions that foreclosed policy choices consistent with the satisfaction of collective needs. As a result both countries experienced a series of political and economic crises. This in-depth comparative study of Guyana and Trinidad will be of interest to all scholars, students and policy-makers concerned with aspects of political and economic development in the Third World.

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030144
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.398kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Regime survival and control of the post-colonial state
    2. Mobilization for control of the state in Guyana and Trinidad
    3. Maintaining control of the state: strategies for regime survival in Guyana and Trinidad
    4. Elite support and control of the state: race, ideology and clientelism
    5. Regime survival and state control of the economy
    6. The political and economic costs of regime survival
    7. Collective needs versus the demands of powerful actors in less developed countries

  • Author

    Percy C. Hintzen

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