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Conference 3: Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean: Critiques, Challenges and Reform

11 – 12 September 2014

University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

800px-Prime_Minister_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago_visits_the_Senedd_Prif_Weinidog_Trinidad_a_Tobago_yn_ymweld_â’r_Senedd 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, including radical proposals for a regional federal state. What substantive political reforms are being proposed and what is the future of Westminster in the Caribbean?  Does the failure of Caribbean alternative systems of governance such as the Grenada Revolution testify to the legitimacy and robustness of the Westminster system? What lessons can be learned from historical attempts to overhaul the Westminster system in the region? And in the light of serious contemporary concerns about “existential threats” to the state, can the Westminster system withstand these new pressures and survive? Is the region moving to a post-Westminster era? What lessons can be learned from experiences of political reform elsewhere in the Commonwealth and beyond?

Conference  convenors

  • Professor Brian Meeks (University of the West Indies, Mona)
  • Kate Quinn (Institute of the Americas, UCL)

Keynote speaker

  • Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Panel speakers include:

  • Hon. Peter Philips (Minister of Finance and Planning, Jamaica)
  • Hon. Bruce Golding, MP, (Prime Minister of Jamaica, 2007-2011)
  • Cynthia Barrow-Giles (University of the West Indies, Cave Hill)
  • Professor Percy Hintzen (Florida International University)
  • Harshan Kumarasingham (Cambridge University)
  • Professor Trevor Munroe (National Integrity Action and Honorary Visiting Professor, SALISES, Mona)
  • Alissa Trotz (University of Toronto)
  • Professor Richard Drayton (King’s College London)
  • H.E. Dylan Vernon (Belizean Ambassador to the EU)
  • Dr Joseph Tennyson (University of the West Indies, Cave Hill)
  • Professor Patsy Lewis (University of the West Indies, Mona)
  • Professor Selwyn Ryan  (University of the West Indies, St Augustine)
  • Sunity Maharaj (Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies; Trinidad and Tobago Review)
  • Dr. Clifford E Griffin (North Carolina State University)

The conference will also host the Caribbean launch of Black Power in the Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2014) edited by Kate Quinn.

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Conference 2: Politics in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

14 March 2014

Institute of the Americas, UCL

800px-Old_LegCo_Building,_Road_TownThis conference explores current political relations in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies in the Caribbean and beyond, as well as the evolving dynamics of the relationship with the UK.

Convened by Dr Peter Clegg(University of the West of England) and David Killingray (Emeritus Professor, Goldsmiths), the conference is the second event to be run under the umbrella of the Westminster in the Caribbean: History, Legacies, Challenges research network. The keynote was delivered by Professor Emilio Pantojas García, University of Puerto Rico, who spoke on ‘The Puerto Rico Status Question: Options for Further Autonomy’.

Programme

Keynote by Emilio Pantojas García, University of Puerto Rico


Conference 1: Assessing Westminster in the Caribbean: Then and Now

19-20 September 2013

Institute of the Americas, UCL

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The inaugural conference of the WIC network will explore how the Westminster model was transplanted and adapted to the Caribbean context, and will assess the limitations and achievements of the model in consolidating democracy in the years since independence. Distinguished scholars revisit the existing scholarship to explore to what extent its findings should be revised in the light of recent challenges to democracy in the region. The keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Norman Girvan and Professor Brian Meeks of the University of the West Indies.

Conference Programme

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