Description: British Honduras. 'Supporters of the Peoples United Party cheer wildly outside the offices of the Belize Times newspaper at 2 am in the morning after hearing that their party had won the British Honduras general election'. Photograph No R 34164 Official British Honduras photograph compiled by Central Office of Information. Crown copyright reserved. Publicity statement on reverse.

The Westminster in the Caribbean: History, Legacies, Challenges (WIC) project is a new interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners that explores how the Westminster governance model has affected the experience of democracy in the Commonwealth Caribbean over the past 50 years. The WIC Network considers how the Westminster political model has been adapted to the […]

Keynote to the conference ‘Politics in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies’. Dr Emilio Pantojas Garcia is based at the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Puerto Rico. His research interests include the political economy of the Caribbean, development theories, governance in the non-independent Caribbean, and the economy of Puerto Rico. His […]


When comparing the relative political stability of Britain’s former colonies in the Commonwealth Caribbean with the lack thereof in former British colonies in Africa and Asia and the former colonies of other major powers reference is sometimes made to Huffington’s ‘two-turnover test’(S Huntington, The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century (Norman, University of Oklahoma `Press, […]

The conference programme is also available to download as a PDF. THURSDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 9.00 – 9.30 Welcome and Introduction, Brian Meeks and Kate Quinn 9.30 – 10.30 Hon. Peter Philips, ‘Westminster Politics: Democratic Practice and Social Constraints – The Jamaican Experience’ 10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break 11.00 – 12.00 PANEL 1: Westminster in Historical […]

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Brian Meeks – Beyond Westminster: what does the Caribbean experience teach about more democratic futures? Performed at the Westminster in the Caribbean: History, Legacies, Challenges conference, at the Institute of the Americas on September 20th, 2013.


The Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union has  produced a report on the Overseas Territories conference held by the Westminster in the Caribbean network. The conference presentations and the resulting discussions highlighted the important work undertaken by both the UK and the OCTs to strengthen the latter’s political and economic […]


In September 2013, we were absolutely privileged to host Professor Norman Girvan at the opening conference of the Westminster in the Caribbean network, where he delivered a typically incisive and compelling opening keynote. Professor Girvan’s tragic death on 9th April 2014 shocked and saddened all those who knew him. We reproduce here a tribute to Norman […]


University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica The third conference of the WIC network examines contemporary processes of political reform in the region, assessing attempts to modify, regenerate, or overhaul the Westminster model of governance in the post-independence Caribbean. Contemporary anxieties about democratic decay in the region have re-opened debates about reforming the Westminster system, […]


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